Parsonage Turner Syndrome: Episode 78
In this episode: Parsonage Turner Syndrome aka Brachial Neuritis aka Neuralgic Amyotrophy is a rare condition that causes pain, weakness, muscle wasting, numbness and tingling in the shoulder arm and hand.
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Brief overview of the episode:
Parsonage Turner Syndrome (PTS) is a rare condition that causes pain in the shoulder, arm and hand. There is also often weakness, muscle wasting as well as numbness and tingling.
A diagnosis of PTS is made in the absence of other much more common causes: rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement, cervical disk disease, thoracic outlet syndrome and brachial plexus injuries just to name a few.
PTS has 3 main forms; Hereditary, Autoimmune and Mechanical. With mechanical, sympotoms will typically presents following an operation, infection, trauma or a vaccination.
Symptoms are highlighted by high pain with weakness and muscle wasting and are confirmed with an electromyography (EMG). Symptoms can be present for a few months up to a few years.
Physical therapy is an important part of recovery because it ensures that range of motion (ROM), strength, atrophy and function loss do not progress and in most cases can be reversed.
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