The brachial plexus is a group
of nerves that connect to your spinal column at your neck. These nerves control
the movement of your arms.
An injury to the nerves of the
brachial plexus affects muscles in the shoulder, arm, wrist and hand. Brachial
plexus injuries vary, depending on where or what nerve roots were injured.
Children with this injury may
demonstrate poor muscle coordination, decreased strength, altered feeling and
sensation or paralyzed movement in their affected arm.
Brachial plexus injuries may
also be called Erb’s Palsy, Klumpke’s Palsy, Brachial Plexus Palsy,
Erb-Duchenne’s Palsy, Horner’s Syndrome or shoulder dystocia.
causes brachial plexus injuries?
These injuries are the result
of stretching, tearing or trauma to this group of nerves. Brachial plexus
injuries often occur during the birthing process.
It is important that your child
begin therapy services as soon as possible to prevent his or her arm from
becoming stiff or difficult to move.
At Courage Kenny Kids, our
pediatric occupational therapists will teach you specific positioning and
handling of your child to protect him or her from any further injury and
promote healing. The therapist also will teach you gentle stretching exercises
to keep your child’s arm from becoming stiff or difficult to move.
As your child’s therapy
progresses, you will also learn playful activities to increase your child’s
strength and awareness of his or her arm.
At home, you can:
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Sara Rohde, OTR/L, manager, Courage Kenny Kids
A referral is needed from your child's health care provider before therapy can begin. Once your doctor has referred you to the Courage Kenny Kids rehabilitation program, contact one of these
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