Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 366–373

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Definition, Aetiological Factors, Diagnosis, Management and Occupational Impact

  • Jacky Laulan
  • Bernard Fouquet
  • Camille Rodaix
  • Penelope Jauffret
  • Yves Roquelaure
  • Alexis Descatha
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10926-010-9278-9

Cite this article as:
Laulan, J., Fouquet, B., Rodaix, C. et al. J Occup Rehabil (2011) 21: 366. doi:10.1007/s10926-010-9278-9

Abstract

Introduction Thoracic outlet syndrome is a controversial cause of neck and shoulder pain due to complex mechanisms involving muscular dysfunction and nerve compression. Although management of thoracic outlet syndrome must be based on a multidisciplinary approach, physicians and occupational therapist should be familiar with the principles of diagnosis and treatment. Method, results and conclusion The purpose of this article is to review the definitions, diagnosis and management of this syndrome. A particular emphasis was described on the links between the workplace and the individual in the pathogenesis, prevalence in the workforce and the course of this disease.

Keywords

Thoracic outlet syndrome Rehabilitation Diagnosis Occupational disease 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacky Laulan
    • 1
  • Bernard Fouquet
    • 2
  • Camille Rodaix
    • 3
  • Penelope Jauffret
    • 3
  • Yves Roquelaure
    • 4
  • Alexis Descatha
    • 3
    • 5
  1. 1.Unité de chirurgie de la main, service de chirurgie orthopédiqueCHU TrousseauToursFrance
  2. 2.Service de médecine physique et de réadaptationCHU TrousseauToursFrance
  3. 3.Unité de pathologie professionnelle, UVSQ-APHPHôpital Raymond PoincaréGarchesFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire d’ergonomie et d’épidémiologie en santé au travail (LEEST), Unité associée à l’Institut de veille sanitaire, UPRES EA 4336Université d’Angers, CHUAngersFrance
  5. 5.UVSQ-Inserm, U1018VillejuifFrance

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