Parsonage-Turner syndrome (PTS) is an uncommon disorder. It affects the nerves controlling the shoulder, arm and hand. Treatment for Parsonage Turner syndrome varies based on the signs and symptoms in each person.
Pain medications may be prescribed according to the severity of the nerve pain. After the acute phase, different medications known as co-analgesics may be administered. These include gabapentin, carbamazepine, and amitryptiline. These drugs specifically treat nerve pain. Other techniques for pain management include application of heat or cold, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.
Many people with PTS have physical therapy and/or occupational therapy to maintain muscle strength and range of motion once the pain begins to subside.
Surgeries such as nerve grafting or tendon transfer to restore movement and function to the shoulder muscles and joint may be considered if other treatment options are not effective.
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