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Doctor insights on: Effects Of A Brachial Plexus Injury On Breathing

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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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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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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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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 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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Can splint help a brachial plexus injury?

Can splint help a brachial plexus injury?

Yes: When of the methods to treat brachial plexus injury is to use splints to avoid contractures. ...Read more

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What are your treatment options for a brachial plexus injury?

What are your treatment options for a brachial plexus injury?

Varieble: If acute, might use steroids, but if chronic, analgesics, and physical therapy. If thoracic outlet syndrome, maybe Feldenkries postural therapy, but if unresponsive, perhaps surgical decompression. If rootlets avulsed from spinal cord, no reversibility, and must treat with palliation. ...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 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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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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If my first son had a brachial plexus injury at birth, what are the chances that my next child will as well?

If my first son had a brachial plexus injury at birth, what are the chances that my next child will as well?

Variable: In general, brachial plexus injury is not felt to be hereditary. However, depending on the cause of the injury, there may be increased risk with subsequent pregnancies. For example, if the woman has an unusually small pelvis, or tendency to have unusually large babies (e.g., due to diabetes) the chance for difficulty during vaginal delivery, and subsequent brachial plexus injury, is increased. ...Read more

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Can MRI distinguish between a cervical radiculopathy & a brachial plexus injury?

Can MRI distinguish between a cervical radiculopathy & a brachial plexus injury?

Yes: First MRI of c-spine to r/o disc disease. If brachial plexus injury a possibility an MRI of the brachial plexus can be obtained. ...Read more

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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?

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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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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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


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Brachial Plexus Nerve Injury (Definition)

A condition that affects the nerves traveling from the spinal cord to the hand, arm, and shoulder, resulting in limb ...Read more