Brachial Plexus
 
           

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Brachial Plexus Anatomy  By Dr. Jim Greene

The brachial plexus can be described as a network of nerves that connect your spine to your arm. Basically there are five nerve roots that begin in the upper part of your spine and end in five main roots that control the movements and sensations of your arms.  more...


Brachial Plexus Injuries  By Tara Pingle

Brachial plexus injuries, also known as Erb’s Palsy, are injuries to the nerves in the shoulder area that usually occur at birth.  more...


Brachial Plexus Treatment  By Dr. Jim Greene

Brachial Plexus is a network of nerves that begin in the spine and provides sensation, as well as allows movement in your arms and shoulders.  more...


Brachial Plexus Treatment  By Dr. Jim Greene

Brachial Plexus is a network of nerves that begin in the spine and provides sensation, as well as allows movement in your arms and shoulders. This network is important for the movement of your arm and shoulders. If this network is injured in anyway, you may not have sensation or movement in your arms.

Brachial Plexus injury happens when you strain a muscle or cut a nerve. It doesn't necessarily happen only to adults. Many women often undergo difficulty during labor or delivery and this may lead to the injury of it in the new born baby. Treatment varies depending on where and how severe the injury is.

If you suspect that you or your children are suffering from it, it is important that you visit your physician as soon as possible. You can avoid it becoming severe if you are able to treat it well. Keep in mind that injury to your brachial plexus means in most cases loosing the use of your arm! The most common symptoms of this injury are being unable to use your arm, a continuous pain in that arm and a certain level of uncomfortable feeling. It may feel very numb too.

It has been noted that injuries that are not too severe heal without any surgery. If the injury is serious, one would have to undergo surgery to rectify the problem.

Two methods are most commonly used in the treatment of brachial plexus injuries. You can either opt for surgery or go in for physical or occupational therapy exercises. Both methods are very effective and are recommended world wide.

Therapy is known to help kids regain their motor function. In case a child does not respond to this therapy and still has no motor function; you may want to have your child undergo nerve surgery. This is bound to help your child regain his or her motor functions.

Brachial Plexus injury and its treatment will vary from person to person. Not everyone will require treatment. Also every doctor goes about the surgery with a different approach. You should also be aware that a injury may not disappear even after therapy or surgery. In some severe cases, there may not be a recovery ever. The best, any doctor can do for you is to try and maximize the functional use of that arm. It may not return to being normal ever again but at least you will gain partial use of it. When undergoing a surgery, all you can do is hope for the best!


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