Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition which produces symptoms such as numbness and pain in the neck or shoulder which are caused by compression of nerves and/or blood vessels.
This syndrome can be caused by a variety of conditions and ailments of which one could potentially be a repetitive strain injury.
How can thoracic outlet syndrome be caused by a repetitive strain injury?
If the muscle becomes inflamed from a work injury this can cause thoracic outlet syndrome and these work injuries could include repetitive strain injuries. Other causes of thoracic outlet syndrome are an extra rib extending from the neck, rare tumours and weight gain.
How serious is thoracic outlet syndrome?
Symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome can appear on a wide spectrum from mild aches and pains to much more severe symptoms than a simple repetitive strain injury which require hospital treatment. The syndrome is diagnosed through various tests including angiogram x-rays and an EMG.
This syndrome can be much more serious than a simple occupational ailment, however, it could be triggered by something as small as a minor work injury which causes muscle inflammation.
As with most repetitive strain injuries, symptoms can appear small and insignificant at first and can gradually worsen over time so if you find that symptoms are not improving make sure you seek medical advice.
Work-related injury or illness compensation
If you do sustained an accident at work within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim even if it was just a minor work injury.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with over 10 years’ experience in accident claims, such as work injuries. Our team of lawyers will make the claims process as stress free and simple as possible, in fact many of our clients are able to settle their case without the need to step foot in a court room.
To find out if you could make an accident at work claim speak to Accident Advice Helpline on our 24-hour Freephone line, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice