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Parsonage Turner syndrome


Other Names for this Disease
  • Acute brachial neuritis
  • Acute brachial neuritis syndrome
  • Acute brachial plexus neuritis
  • Acute brachial radiculitis syndrome
  • Acute shoulder neuritis
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Treatment

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How might Parsonage Turner syndrome be treated?

Treatment for Parsonage Turner syndrome (PTS) varies based on the signs and symptoms present in each person. For example, pain medications may be prescribed depending on the severity of the nerve pain. Other techniques for pain management include application of heat or cold and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (a method of pain relief in which a special device transmits low-voltage electrical impulses through electrodes on the skin to an area of the body that is in pain).[1][2]

Many affected people undergo physical therapy and/or occupational therapy to maintain muscle strength and range of motion of affected joints once the pain begins to subside. Surgeries to restore movement and function to the shoulder muscles and joint may be considered if other treatment options are not effective.[1][2]
Last updated: 1/22/2015

References
  1. Parsonage Turner syndrome. NORD. May 2014; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/726/viewAbstract.
  2. Nigel L Ashworth, MBChB, MSc, FRCPC. Brachial Neuritis. Medscape Reference. August 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/315811-overview.


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Other Names for this Disease
  • Acute brachial neuritis
  • Acute brachial neuritis syndrome
  • Acute brachial plexus neuritis
  • Acute brachial radiculitis syndrome
  • Acute shoulder neuritis
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.