Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – New Treatment on the Horizon?

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a debilitating injury we see in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation cases. In this condition, the blood vessels and/or nerves in the arms may be compressed, causing various symptoms, including pain, numbness, tingling and a “cool” feeling in the arms.

There is no easy cure for thoracic outlet syndrome. No medication, surgery, or other treatment method seems universally able to help the injured worker with this condition.

Hope may be on the horizon, however. A study is currently underway, investigating whether an injection of BOTOX may be an efficient reliever of symptoms from thoracic outlet syndrome. While it will be some time before this treatment is approved by the FDA (if ever), this development is worth watching for those who suffer from this diagnosis.