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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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Injuries (Definition)

Injuries is also known as Injuries and wounds. 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


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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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Is there any way to restore nerve function after a bracial plexus injury?

Is there any way to restore nerve function after a bracial plexus injury?

Depends on extent: If it involves nerve root avulsion, it is irreversible, but if a stretch or local inflammation with compression, both conservative measures such as physical therapy and feldenkreis may make huge difference, and some brachial plexus injuries such as thoracic outlet syndrome do well with surgery. ...Read more

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How is the brachial plexus nerves reconstructed after injury? Is there a timeframe for them to be reconstructed?

How is the brachial plexus nerves reconstructed after injury? Is there a timeframe for them to be reconstructed?

Complex: Brachial plexus repair is complex. Repair earlier than 9-12 months is associated with better outcomes, if repair is possible. ...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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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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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 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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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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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

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more