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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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Dr. James Cummings
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Brachial Plexus Nerve Injury (Definition)

Brachial plexus injuries are conditions, often occurring during birth or other traumas, that affect the group of nerves traveling from the spinal cord to the hand, arm, and shoulder resulting in limb ...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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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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So what are the symptoms of brachial plexus injuries?

So what are the symptoms of brachial plexus injuries?

Many: Weakness of the arm or hand, numbness, tingling, pain in the arm, burning sensation in the arm or hand, paralysis of the arm or hand, atrophy of the muscles of the arm or hand, and many others. ...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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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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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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What's a natural way to treat brachial plexus injuries?

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 more

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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. William Singer
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more