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What is a Brachial Plexus Injury?

The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that start in the spinal cord in the neck and travel down the arm. These nerves control the muscles of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, as well as provide feeling in the arm. If you have a brachial plexus injury, it means you have damaged a nerve.

Nerve injuries can be very serious, as they can stop signals to and from the brain. Nerves can be damaged by stretching, pressure or cutting. Stretching can occur when the head and neck are forced away from the shoulder, such as during a motorcycle or car accident. Pressure could occur if the brachial plexus is crushed, which can happen during a fracture or dislocation. You will know if you have a nerve injury, as opposed to just a broken bone or other injury, if you’ve lost feeling in your arm.

It is extremely important to receive treatment immediately after your injury to improve your chances of recovery. Depending on the severity of your injury, your nerves could recover in a matter of weeks. If the nerve is cut, it can grow back, although it happens slowly (about 1 inch per month). But, for very serious nerve injuries, you may be permanently disabled. Some injuries may need surgery. Some injuries may get better with time and therapy.

Regardless, recovering from a brachial plexus injury can be a long journey. Because there is loss of feeling in the arm, it is essential to take caution not to burn yourself or cut yourself during recovery.

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  • Elizabeth A Brickhouse
    May 1, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    I’ve had pain in my hand since Jan 31,2019. now 3 months. on oxy for pain gabapenten, and other drugs . nothing works. started at 4:30 am. I was asleep. I’m 73 years old and I cannot bear this a lot longer. Does anyone know of a doctor who could help?

    • June 26, 2019 at 7:17 AM

      Elizabeth I know this is an old post but you need to see a neurologist. It may be carpel tunnel syndrome, this is when the nerves to the hand are being pinched in the wrist. Good luck.

  • June 12, 2018 at 8:29 AM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with all of us through your post. Good job, Keep posting and share your valuable tips with us.

  • Giovani
    June 7, 2018 at 1:02 AM

    Brachial plexus
    As soon as a brachial plexus injury occurs you must take valuable time to inspect and investigate the arm. Erb Palsy is the conjunction of nerves from the spine to the arm and all the appendages. In some cases they are not just torn but stretched, allowing the arm and muscles to have some function. You must examine the shoulder, bicep, tricep, fore-arm, hand and fingers In order to determine what part of the arm is functioning for that will be the part of the arm you will use to get all of it back to full 100% function. Viewing the arm and noting what the arm is able to do and not do. How much movement in which direction is it facing? For instance, if the fingers aim in towards the body that is considered klump palsy. If the fingers are pointing away from the body that is waiters tip palsy. And worse case scenario, no movement at all. However, either direction determines which set of muscles and more importantly nerves are functioning and are still intact and not torn or stretched beyond use.

  • Manish
    April 20, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    As of my report it says that there is disconuty between trunk and division what it means can it recovered itself

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