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Doctor insights on: Brachial Plexus Injuries

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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

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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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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How to increase healing for brachial plexus injury?

How to increase healing for brachial plexus injury?

Let explain: To increase the healing of the brachial plexus injury, first you diagnose it early and treat accordingly, from splinting to major surgery, this way you assure the healing. Some of the injury will recover even if you do that, this way you maximize the healing potential. ...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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What's a natural way to treat brachial plexus injuries?

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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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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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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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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I suffered a brachial plexus injury 23 years . How can I get through to my doctors and get something for my pain? It is never going to get better.

I suffered a brachial plexus injury 23 years . How can I get through to my doctors and get something for my pain? It is never going to get better.

Pain specialist: Management of this pain is can be highly specialized fellowship trained interventional pain doctors make sure your dealing with someone who has experience with this problem have you tried spinal cord stimulator thanks for your question. ...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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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

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How to deal with a brachial plexus injury?

How to deal with a brachial plexus injury?

Yes: Many centers in the us specialize in the treatment of brachial plexus injuriy. ...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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Brachial plexus injury how long for recovery?

For whom?: A brachial plexus injury in an adult or in a newborn after delivery? Consider re-phrasing your question with that specified. ...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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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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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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