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what is brachial plexus injury?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
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.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for brachial plexus injury?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
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.
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What is a brachial plexus injury like?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
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.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I treat a brachial plexus injury?

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Dr. Michael McGonigal
General Surgery 39 years experience
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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How to deal with a brachial plexus injury?

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Dr. Abhay Varma
Neurosurgery 36 years experience
Yes: Many centers in the us specialize in the treatment of brachial plexus injuriy.
Dr. Pasquale Brancazio
Neurology 33 years experience
Neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons, and physiatrists.
Apr 7, 2013
A 47-year-old member asked:

Please name the treatment brachial plexus injury?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
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.

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