Partial scalenectomy/Cervical Rib Removal for TOS

Past surgical Hx:
8 yrs ago, vascular surgeon performed right C7 cervical rib resection as treatment for neurological and arterial TOS (thorasic outlet syndrome). they also performed a partial scalenectomy to remove scar tissue wrapped around the rib. Completely successful in relieving SxS of TOS.

Question: Ever since this surgery, I have noticed occasional and debilitating tension headaches that seem to originate from my occipital muscles in the back of my head. Is my body overusing its occipitals to compensate for the loss of the scalenes in the front of my neck? Aside from the Epidrin and Flexeril prescribed to me for relief, how can I treat these horrible headaches before they reach critical mass (being incredibly photosensitive, horrible tension in my occipitals bilaterally, and overall cluster headaches/migraines)? Is there PT I can do to train them to be better equiped to bear the burden?

Posted By Tia Aleo on March 14, 2009 at 05:53:12:

The Simply Stable VOS, valgus overload stabilizer elbow brace is designed to help control valgus overload stresses during functional overhead motions. The overhead motions associated with throwing, tennis and volleyball put a tremendous stress on the elbow joint and ulnar collateral ligament (UCL).

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