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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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?
Therapy: Brachial plexus injuries are such significant injuries, they should not be treated without a licensed therapist. While it seems you may be able to do this on your own, these injuries are so devastating, they require special therapy and knowledge to improve your function.S. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
First rib injury two years ago and undiagnosed until this week. Brachial plexus injury and sympathetic nerve involvement in face. What treatment?
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