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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 Dukelow
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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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What are the symptoms of brachial plexus nerve damage ?

What are the symptoms of brachial plexus nerve damage ?

It varies. : Symptoms can include severe pain, numbness, or weakness in the affected arm and shoulder. Make an appointment to see your physician if you're concerned. ...Read more

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Are brachial plexus injuries hereditary?

Are brachial plexus injuries hereditary?

No: The cervical plexus can be stretched during delivery.After the head is out, it is pulled forward & angled up or down to get the shoulders & rest of baby out.If the plexus responds with swelling around the nerves, transient loss of function(dys/wks) may be found.If the nerves are damaged by the stretch, nerves may be permanently damaged.This is birth trauma any kid could get.It is not hereditary. ...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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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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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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Can thoracic outlet syndrome or any other brachial plexus issues cause scapular instability/winging?

Can thoracic outlet syndrome or any other brachial plexus issues cause scapular instability/winging?

Winged Scapula: A "winged scapula" is a result of injury to the long thoracic nerve which innervates the serratus anterior muscle. The long thoracic nerve is made up of portions of the brachial plexus, namely cervical roots 5, 6, 7, so in theory, a brachial plexus injury can cause a winged scapula but it is unlikely to be in isolation of other nerve problems. Winged scapula is not typical in thoracic outlet. ...Read more

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Confirmed first rib injury with brachial plexus involvement. Nerve root C5 and C6 injured at brachial plexus near first rib. Chances of healing?

Confirmed first rib injury with brachial plexus involvement.  Nerve root C5 and C6 injured at brachial plexus near first rib.  Chances of healing?

Brachial plexus : Depends on the length of time since the injury and the extent of the injury. If it involves the insulation of the nerves (myelin) recovery is 3 weeks to 3 months if no further injury. If the wires themselves (axons) are injured it depends on how bad they are injured. Can take 6-12 months if not injured past point of ability to repair. ...Read more

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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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What's the difference symptom wise, of carpel tunnel syndrome and median nerve injury ? Can cervical rf procedure cause median nerve injury?

What's the difference symptom wise, of carpel tunnel syndrome and median nerve injury ? Can cervical rf procedure cause median nerve injury?

No: Median nerve doesn't exist until your arm pit. It doesn't start in the neck. It is formed by the combination of two nerves about six inches away from neck where rf would be performed. Carpal tunnel syndrome speaks to injury of the nerve at the wrist. ...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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Chronic whiplash injury and luq has malfunctioned. Brachial plexus triggers nerve symptoms but nerves not injured. Starting rehab. Healing possible?

Chronic whiplash injury and luq has malfunctioned.  Brachial plexus triggers nerve  symptoms but nerves not injured. Starting rehab. Healing possible?

Get diagnosis first: Be efficient, and get answers as to why your injury did not fully heal. Not uncommon is an injury to the brachial plexus from shoulder strap, with eventual scarring, called thoracic outlet syndrome. Therapy does help, but is a specific approach, such as felderkreis work. Both EMG and ultrasound studies could pin down precise mechanism. If you have tos, about 85% success with conservative rx. ...Read more

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Where is your brachial plexus nerve?

Where is your brachial plexus nerve?

Not single nerve: Brachial plexus is a group/cluster of nerves connecting cervical spinal cord and an arm. The major nerves involved include median, ulnar, and radial, but also axillary and supra scapular. The bulk of the plexus itself in located in the shoulder region. ...Read more

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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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What causes congenital dislocation of the radial head?

What causes congenital dislocation of the radial head?

Radial head: congenital dislocation can be and is often a spontaneous difference that just occurs however sometimes it is associated with a syndrome such as foot and hip disorders, variations in the forearm and radius that can be associated with anemias and other congenital issues so certainly be evaluated to see if it is an isolated issue. Often no rx is needed despite reduced motion of elbow or forearm ...Read more

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Symptoms and causes for entrapment of lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh?

Symptoms and causes for entrapment of lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh?

Meralgia: Impingement of the lateral cutaneous nerve is termed meralgia paresthetica; it involves numbness and/or burning pain down the distribution of the nerve. It is caused by, usually, an overweight individual's soft tissue compressing down on the nerve when sitting down, causing injury. ...Read more

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Dr. James Cummings
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Brachial Plexus Nerve Injury (Definition)

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