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  • Writer's pictureKieran Cummins

Parsonage-Turner Syndrome (brachial neuritis): How can Physiotherapy help?

Parsonage-Turner Syndrome (PTS), also known as brachial neuritis, is a rare neurological condition that affects the brachial plexus, a network of nerves that run from the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm, and hand. In this blog, we'll explore what PTS is, how it can happen, how it is diagnosed, the treatment options available, and how physiotherapy at Redrock Physio can help.

PTS is believed to occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks the brachial plexus, leading to inflammation and damage to the nerves. The exact cause of this immune system response is not yet fully understood, but it may be triggered by infection, injury, or surgery.

The symptoms of PTS typically include sudden and severe shoulder pain, followed by weakness and numbness in the affected arm and hand. Diagnosing PTS can be challenging, as the symptoms can be similar to other conditions, such as rotator cuff injuries or pinched nerves. Tests, such as electromyography (EMG), X-rays or MRI, may be used to rule out other conditions and confirm the diagnosis of PTS.

Treatment for PTS typically involves managing the symptoms and providing supportive care while the nerves heal on their own. In some cases, surgery may be needed to decompress the nerves or repair any damage. Physiotherapy can play a crucial role in helping individuals with PTS manage their symptoms and regain strength and mobility in the affected arm and hand.

At Redrock Physio, our team of experienced professionals can develop a personalized treatment plan to address the specific needs and goals of each patient. This may include exercises and stretches to improve range of motion and strength, as well as manual therapies to reduce pain and promote healing. We can also provide education and support to help individuals manage their symptoms and prevent future injury.

Physiotherapy at Redrock Physio can be a valuable resource for individuals with PTS who are seeking the right medical attention and support to manage their symptoms and regain their quality of life.

Contact us today to learn more about how our team can help you recover from PTS and return to the activities you love.


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