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.
Brachial plexus. Mostly relates to baby inability to grasp and holds objects. It is rarely permanent and could relate to trauma during negotiation of birth canal. Rarely is associated with obstetrical maneuvers. There is more and more scientific data suggesting that this injuries occur while in the birth canal.

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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...

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...

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...
A little. You likely could have localized pain, even inflammation, which could respond to massage in terms of symptomatic relief, but this is NOT curative, or substantially beneficial over the long-term. However, will not hurt, so OK to get done. Maybe acupuncture could also assist your symptoms. Read more...

What is the best imaging technique to show if my baby has a brachial plexus injury?

No imaging required. In general, radiographic imaging is not required to make the diagnosis of a brachial plexus injury. Plain x-rays, and even ct scans are unlikely to show the injury, which is often too small to discern by these techniques. If imaging is indicated, it is to rule out other injuries, such as a broken bone or a paralyzed diaphragm. Read more...
See below. The MRI scan has the best potential to identify abnormalities in the brachial plexus. An EMG is a functional test that can evaluate peripheral nerves as well. Read more...