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What is procedure for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

What is procedure for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

Several options: A brachial plexus repair with nerve grafting can be done. If you are already post-op or not a surgical candidate then spinal cord stimulation or peripheral nerve stimulation can be done to help control your pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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What to do for first aid for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

What to do for first aid for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

Nerve damage: A brachial plexus nerve injury is a serious injury and can range just a mild stretch injury to disruption of a nerve which could mean a surgical exploration is necessary to repair it. There is no "first aid" available but in the milder injuries physical therapy is helpful. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do not rub your eye
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What kind of first aid is needed for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

What kind of first aid is needed for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

Physical therapy: Acutely, there is little to do for a closed brachial plexus stretch injury. Most neurosurgeons will watch these for recovery of sensation and/or movement. If there is no improvement after 3-6 months, surgeons may explore these and remove scar and possibly do nerve grafts across the injured part. Acutely with open injuries, some may surgically explore and attempt to repair the nerve. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Treating a Head Injury (Checklist)

Get help or see a doctor right away
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See a doctor for diagnosis; do not diagnose yourself
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Don't drive a vehicle with a head injury; have someone else drive you
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Ice the area, if you can
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I have nerve damage in my arm and hands due to a car accident and a brachial plexus injury. my question is will my arm movement be limited later on?

I have nerve damage in my arm and hands due to a car accident and a brachial plexus injury. my question is will my arm movement be limited later on?

For sometime : Your arm movement will be limited for sometime ,brachial plexus injury takes a year or two to resolve ,but you should be persistent with physical therapy ...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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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

See your orthopedic or sports medicine doctor
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Can ncv alone detect nerve damage in the brachial plexus ? Or emg is also required .?

Both. : While nerve conduction velocities can often diagnose and pinpoint a brachial plexus injury, adding an EMG will give you the best results in terms of obtaining a diagnosis and determining the best method of treatment. ...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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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Get an X-ray/MRI if pain lasts more than 4 weeks
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See a spine/pain specialist if pain doesn't improve
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The brachial plexus injury from my first rib is the left. Would surgery be more complicated? Been there for two years with nerve involvement.

The brachial plexus injury from my first rib is  the left.  Would surgery be more complicated?  Been there for two years with nerve involvement.

Recovery?: It depends on the amount of recovery that you have achieved over the last 2 years. Also, is there existent compression from the 1st rib? ...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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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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Could sharp pain between my shoulder blade and spine be attributed to my brachial plexus injury and suprascapular nerve compression.

Could sharp pain between my shoulder blade and spine be attributed to my brachial plexus injury and suprascapular nerve compression.

NO.: As the brachial plexus comes from the cervical spine, while the area mentioned (between spine and scapula) is supplied by nerves from the thoracic spine. One could have both lesions though. See your spine specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does lamictal also help with nerve pain? Take 100 mg daily for seizures but also have nerve pain in hand/wrist related to old brachial plexus injury

Does lamictal also help with nerve pain? Take 100 mg daily for seizures but also have nerve pain in hand/wrist related to old brachial plexus injury

Doubtful benefit: Although on occasion, there is some pain benefit, usually far better effects with drugs such as gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) cymbalta. But remember that if you have epilepsy, Lamictal is the first choice of most epilepsy specialists. ...Read more

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Baby has brachial plexus injury. Why?

Baby has brachial plexus injury. Why?

Orthopedic surgeon: He will take it fro you, it will okay. Thanks. ...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

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more