317 St. Francis Dr. Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601

317 St. Francis Dr.
Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601
Tel: 1-864-235-1834, Fax: 1-864-235-2486

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Medical Condition

Hypermobility & Ehlers-Danlos

Hypermobility syndrome (also called Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, or JHS) is one of the most common hereditary disorders of connective tissue. The exact prevalence of JHS is unknown, since it can be indistinguishable from Ehlers-Danlos (EDS), specifically EDS-hypermobility type. However, EDS is typically used to describe more severe cases of JHS. The major clinical features of JHS include joints that move beyond their normal range, or weak ligaments and flexible joints. Patients with JHS often experience fatigue and chronic widespread pain in the knees, fingers, hips, and elbows.

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Thoracic Mid Back Pain

Thoracic mid back pain refers to pain from the region of your spine between the bottom of the neck and just above the low back.   Many people just think of this area as their back but thoracic pain is really that portion of your back that has connections to your ribs.

Persistent thoracic spinal pain can be debilitating.  It can be difficult to treat and difficult to diagnosis what is actually causing it.   That is because there are some many possibilities that might be the root cause. Just like in the neck or low back, thoracic pain may be due to nerve root irritation, degenerative disk disease, herniated disk, or even spinal cord damage.   Compression fractures, shingles and other viral neuritis infections, mechanical issues related to the ribs, and scoliosis are other common examples.

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) Pain Relief

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) pain relief is usually achieved by treating structures other than a cervical rib.  Fortunately even though cervical rib is the most commonly thought of reason for TOS it is actually the least common cause of it.  More common sources include scalene (neck) muscle spasm, sympathetic over activity (resulting in cold sensations and weather sensitive pain), nerve irritation, and ligamentous strain.  The good news is that unlike TOS from cervical rib surgery is not required for these other perpetrators and treatment results are much more effective than is achieved by rib resection.  Make no mistake about it,  TOS is hard to treat and results don’t occur over night but with concerted effort the condition can and does improve.   Visit piedmontpmr.com to learn more about diagnosis and treatment options of TOS for Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson patients.

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