Are You a Candidate for Brachial Plexus Injury Treatment?
Posted Apr 22 2013 8:21am
Brachial plexus injury is an umbrella term for a variety of conditions the may impair or badly affect the function of the brachial plexus nerve network. The majority of the pediatric and adult injuries of this type are caused by trauma. You need to carefully look for its symptoms. Let us look at the common causes of brachial plexus injury:
High speed vehicular accidents, especially those who ride motorcycles
Compression (caused by a growing tumour)
This injury occurring during birth is called birth related brachial plexus palsy. To know if you are a candidate for brachial plexus injury treatment, consider whether you have the following symptoms:
Loss of sensation
Numbness or tingling
Redness, warmth or swelling
Shoulder, arm, hand, finger pain
Tingling or other abnormal sensation in the shoulder, arm or hand
Paralysis of some or all of the muscles of the shoulder or upper limb
Some patients may also experience avulsion pain i.e. a burning or crushing type of pain in the distribution of injured nerves
Brachial plexus injury treatment or brachial plexus surgery helps to restore the normal functioning of the arms, hands and shoulder. The surgeon will perform the surgery in a way to allow you to make as much use of your hands and shoulder. Due to the broad spectrum of brachial plexus injuries, it is difficult to estimate the rate of spontaneous recovery. The recovery from brachial plexus treatment depends on the type and severity of the injury.
Brachial plexus injury repair will depend upon the kind of problem and injury that you have sustained. Nerve grafting, nerve transfer, muscle transfer and pain control are some of the treatments available and you will be treated as per your condition and injury. Erb’s palsy treatment is provided for patients with Erb’s palsy, which is the result of a nerve injury. This disorder causes varying amounts of impairment. If the injury is mild, Erb’s palsy will heal on its own. Babies with this condition are provided physical therapy to prevent stiffening of the arm. Surgery may be recommended for more extensive nerve damage.
Reconstructive surgery for brachial plexus injury performed by professional surgeons will have a positive outcome depending upon the injury and the patient’s will. Make sure that you approach a reputable surgeon providing services at an established and AAAASF accredited plastic surgery center to benefit from pain relief and normal functioning of your arm.