ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Everyone is still talking Wednesday about news that Cardinal pitcher Chris Carpenter will miss all of next season, and possibly retire. He continues to struggle with a shoulder injury.
Dr. Robert Thompson is a thoracic outlet syndrome expert at Washington University that helps dozens of other professional athletes on the road to recovery with the surgery that removes the top rib bone and muscles in the neck and shoulder that pinch the nerves causing the injury.
Dr. Thompson has followed Chris Carpenter's injury through the media, and was impressed by the pitcher's speedy recovery last season, but not surprised at the announcement that Carpenter's symptoms of pain and numbness in his arm and shoulder have returned.
One success story from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery can be found right there at the TOS Center, involving a young nurse that suffered nerve damage while hiking up some of the world's largest mountains.
Two years and a couple surgeries later, Gosia won't be throwing any fastballs to major league batters any time soon, instead she will tackle Mount Everest in less than 2 months.