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what does it mean to have brachial plexus palsy and peripheral nerve injury?

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Nerve injury: The brachial plexus is the portion of the nerves in our upper extremities after they have branched off the spinal cord. They are located around the shoulder and armpit regions. These nerves then travel into the forearm and hand to allow us to feel objects and move our muscles. Injuries to the brachial plexus can results in weakness and numbness to the upper extremity.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Related: Peripheral nerve damage is damage to both the nerve and the surrounding tissue since the nervous system is characterized by dependence of neurons on their supporting glia. Brachial plexus dysfunction (brachial plexopathy) is a form of peripheral neuropathy. It occurs when there is damage to the brachial plexus, an area where a nerve bundle from the spinal cord splits into each arm nerve.

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How can I reduce swelling on side of the eye injury for my son?

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Is it safe to have sex when you have an eye injury?

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Depends on injury: If you have a hyphema or bleeding in the eye or a traumatic posterior vitreous detachment you need rest - not sexual activity. We get concerned about rebleeding in injury and sexual activity opens the possibility of eye trauma (it usually is shielded post injury) and increased blood pressure. Wait until you're healed then have fun!

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