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How can I treat a brachial plexus injury?

How can I treat a brachial plexus injury?

Wait for healing: Most brachial plexus injuries from car or motorcycle crashes involve stretching the nerves. Although they are not usually completely torn apart, they can take a long time to heal. In some cases, they do not heal at all. You can see a neurologist, and nerve conduction studies can be performed to document recovery. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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I suffered a brachial plexus injury 23 years . How can I get through to my doctors and get something for my pain? It is never going to get better.

I suffered a brachial plexus injury 23 years . How can I get through to my doctors and get something for my pain? It is never going to get better.

Pain specialist: Management of this pain is can be highly specialized fellowship trained interventional pain doctors make sure your dealing with someone who has experience with this problem have you tried spinal cord stimulator thanks for your question. ...Read more

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Treating a Head Injury (Checklist)

Get help or see a doctor right away
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See a doctor for diagnosis; do not diagnose yourself
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Don't drive a vehicle with a head injury; have someone else drive you
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Ice the area, if you can
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What is brachial plexus injury?

What is brachial plexus injury?

Nerve damage: The brachial plexus is a complex of nerves arising from the neck and innervating the upper back, and arm. This can be injured by puncture wounds, direct trauma or falling asleep when intoxicated with the arm over the edge of a chair. Many important functions are served by this set of nerves. If you have concerns about this, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment if possible. ...Read more

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Baby has brachial plexus injury. Why?

Baby has brachial plexus injury. Why?

Orthopedic surgeon: He will take it fro you, it will okay. Thanks. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do not rub your eye
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What is a brachial plexus injury like?

What is a brachial plexus injury like?

Arm paralysis.: Brachial plexus injuries (usually congenital) are serious morbid conditions resulting from trauma on the nerves travelling from the neck to the arm. They cause permanent paralysis of the affected arm. Physical therapy can help. Fortunately, this complication occurs very rarely even in cases of shoulder dystocia; its overall incidence is 0.04 to 0.2% of live births. ...Read more

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How to deal with a brachial plexus injury?

How to deal with a brachial plexus injury?

Yes: Many centers in the us specialize in the treatment of brachial plexus injuriy. ...Read more

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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

See your orthopedic or sports medicine doctor
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Could massage help a brachial plexus injury?

Could massage help a brachial plexus injury?

Possibly: But the results will be short-lived. However if you have scar tissue developing there, maybe scar mobilization exercises might help. Suggest seeing a sports medicine trained Physical Medicine & Rehab Doctor that can help you with your recovery from this. ...Read more

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Brachial plexus injury how long for recovery?

For whom?: A brachial plexus injury in an adult or in a newborn after delivery? Consider re-phrasing your question with that specified. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Get an X-ray/MRI if pain lasts more than 4 weeks
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See a spine/pain specialist if pain doesn't improve
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What are the tests for brachial plexus injury?

What are the tests for brachial plexus injury?

EMG/NCS: Electromyography combined with a nerve conduction study is the standard of care test for a brachial plexus injury. However, the test may not abnormal unless the injury occurred 2-3 weeks or more prior to the test. An MRI can detect more severe brachial plexus injuries. Of course, no test is a substitute for a good history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Does anyone heal with a brachial plexus injury?

Does anyone heal with a brachial plexus injury?

Yes it is possible: Mnor sprain of the nerve could heal and get back to normal. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a brachial plexus injury.?

Describe the features of a brachial plexus injury.?

Can be bad: Traumatic brachial plexus injuries such as those from motor vehicle accidents cause severe weakness and paralysis of the upper extremity. In it's worst instance, the nerve roots can be avulsed from the spinal cord causing this condition. It can require nerve transfers and complex nerve repair surgery by a specialist in this type of injury. ...Read more

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How can increase strength for brachial plexus injury?

How can increase strength for brachial plexus injury?

Therapy: Nerves will heal over time but full strength will slowly follow. It can take up to a year for a major nerve injury to heal. Continue to use the affected muscles. This will promote nerve growth and reorganization. Physical therapy does not end when you are discharged. You will need to continue your home program. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with brachial plexus injury?

What are the symptoms associated with brachial plexus injury?

Pain, numb, weak: A brachial plexus injury is a nerve injury. Resulting symptoms can include nerve pain (typically a burning sensation), numbness, tingling and weakness of the upper extremity. Fortunately, most brachial plexus injuries heal simply with time, in a matter of hours to months, depending on severity. Treatment of your symptoms can be directed by your physician. ...Read more

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What are good ways to boost strength for brachial plexus injury?

What are good ways to boost strength for brachial plexus injury?

Therapy: Assuming your diagnosis is correct and you have been evaluated then physical therapy would be prudent. Exercises can be given that will allow you to strengthen the affected limb. ...Read more

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My little brother has brachial plexus injury. What could cause it?

Several causes: The brachial plexus is a complex of nerves arising from the neck and innervating the upper back, and arm. This can be injured by puncture wounds, direct trauma or falling asleep when intoxicated with the arm over the edge of a chair. Many important functions are served by this set of nerves. If you have concerns about this, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment if possible. ...Read more

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How to increase healing for brachial plexus injury?

Let explain: To increase the healing of the brachial plexus injury, first you diagnose it early and treat accordingly, from splinting to major surgery, this way you assure the healing. Some of the injury will recover even if you do that, this way you maximize the healing potential. ...Read more

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Can a brachial plexus injury also affect your breathing?

Can a brachial plexus injury also affect your breathing?

Yes: When there is damage to higher brachial plexuses (involving cervical 4 part of spinal cord), it can cause see-saw breathing from the involvement of one or both sides of the diaphragm; if there is pneumothorax (air leak) because of rupture of pleura (lung cover) from the fracture of collar bone (clavicle), it can cause of severe pain and respiratory difficulty (can be life threatening), also. ...Read more

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How much time does a brachial plexus injury need a time for recovery after having a surgery?

How much time does a brachial plexus injury need a time for recovery after having a surgery?

Brachial plexus inju: The recovery is really based on what was done at surgery. If the surgery was neurolysis then the time is 3-6 months. If a graft was placed in the repair these take much longer, up to a year postop ...Read more

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Diagnosed with a bilateral brachial plexus injury. Recommended course for surgery, one side then other ? or both together. Total cost of surgery?

1 at a time: Would recommend one at a time since this will be high risk surgery from a neurological standpoint. You can openly ask financial questions at the office/ the financial department should give you a clear estimate of the cost. ...Read more

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Please name the treatment brachial plexus injury?

Please name the treatment brachial plexus injury?

Variety of therapies: But for thoracic outlet syndrome, pectoralis minor syndrome, and brachial plexus stretch injuries, find FELDENKREIS approach very useful.. Hope that is what you seek. ...Read more

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Can splint help a brachial plexus injury?

Can splint help a brachial plexus injury?

Yes: When of the methods to treat brachial plexus injury is to use splints to avoid contractures. ...Read more

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What are your treatment options for a brachial plexus injury?

Varieble: If acute, might use steroids, but if chronic, analgesics, and physical therapy. If thoracic outlet syndrome, maybe Feldenkries postural therapy, but if unresponsive, perhaps surgical decompression. If rootlets avulsed from spinal cord, no reversibility, and must treat with palliation. ...Read more

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If my first son had a brachial plexus injury at birth, what are the chances that my next child will as well?

If my first son had a brachial plexus injury at birth, what are the chances that my next child will as well?

Variable: In general, brachial plexus injury is not felt to be hereditary. However, depending on the cause of the injury, there may be increased risk with subsequent pregnancies. For example, if the woman has an unusually small pelvis, or tendency to have unusually large babies (e.g., due to diabetes) the chance for difficulty during vaginal delivery, and subsequent brachial plexus injury, is increased. ...Read more

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The brachial plexus injury from my first rib is the left. Would surgery be more complicated? Been there for two years with nerve involvement.

The brachial plexus injury from my first rib is  the left.  Would surgery be more complicated?  Been there for two years with nerve involvement.

Recovery?: It depends on the amount of recovery that you have achieved over the last 2 years. Also, is there existent compression from the 1st rib? ...Read more

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How often are an obstetric brachial plexus injury ( erbs palsy ) permanent?

How often are an obstetric brachial plexus injury ( erbs palsy ) permanent?

0.5-1.6%.: Overall incidence of congenital permanent brachial plexus injury is 0.04-0.2% of us live births. If you have shoulder dystocia, permanent injury to the brachial plexus is anticipated in 0.5-1.6% of cases. ...Read more

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My first rib injury two years ago has caused brachial plexus injury as well. I know there are drugs and took gabapentin. What else besides drugs?

My first rib injury two years ago has caused brachial plexus injury as well.  I know there are drugs and took gabapentin.  What else besides drugs?

PT, massage, acupunc: You may wish to try, in addition to your pt, acupuncture, and or massage therapy. Don't do anything without consulting with the physician familiar with your injury first. Best wish for a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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Baby was stuck with brachial plexus injury, had retained placenta and post partum hemorrhage. I am pregnant w #2. Scared . What is chance hemorrhage ?

Baby was stuck with brachial plexus injury, had retained placenta and post partum hemorrhage. I am pregnant w #2. Scared . What is chance hemorrhage ?

PG is risky business: Pregnancy, in of itself, has inherent risks and complications associated with that state of being as you have noted from your previous pregnancy. Now that baby # 2 is on the way it is normal to have a heightened concern about repeat hemorrhage. Share your anxiety with your treating OB MD and if still not reassured, and if he/she delivered baby # 1 then seek a 2nd OB MD consultation. ...Read more

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Can MRI distinguish between a cervical radiculopathy & a brachial plexus injury?

Can MRI distinguish between a cervical radiculopathy & a brachial plexus injury?

Yes: First MRI of c-spine to r/o disc disease. If brachial plexus injury a possibility an MRI of the brachial plexus can be obtained. ...Read more

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Lost motor function and sensation in 1 hand due to brachial plexus injury. What will be my locomotor disability %?

Recommendation : For proper answer about % of disability you need proper evaluation in medical office. ...Read more

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Could sharp pain between my shoulder blade and spine be attributed to my brachial plexus injury and suprascapular nerve compression.

Could sharp pain between my shoulder blade and spine be attributed to my brachial plexus injury and suprascapular nerve compression.

NO.: As the brachial plexus comes from the cervical spine, while the area mentioned (between spine and scapula) is supplied by nerves from the thoracic spine. One could have both lesions though. See your spine specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a brachial plexus injury affect your breathing and swallowing ability in addition to arm, shoulder, and neck pain?

Can a brachial plexus injury affect your breathing and swallowing ability in addition to arm, shoulder, and neck pain?

Brachial plexus inju: A brachial plexus injury should not affect your breathing or swallowing as the nerves that control those functions are higher up. If you had an additional injury to the skull base or base of the brain then i would be more concerned with breathing issues and swallowing problems. I would suggest you see a neurologist for a further workup if you are concerned about these issues. ...Read more

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Brachial Plexus Nerve Injury (Definition)

A condition that affects the nerves traveling from the spinal cord to the hand, arm, and shoulder, resulting in limb ...Read more