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Pediatric Brachial Plexus Injury Program

A brachial plexus injury, also known as Erb’s or Klumpe’s palsy, is an injury involving the bundle of nerves at the shoulder — known as the brachial plexus — that control movement and sensation in the arm.  An injury results in weakness or loss of movement in the shoulder, arm, or hand. Changes in sensation or numbness are common with a brachial plexus injury. This injury can affect your child's function in everyday activities like play, school, and self care.

The Pediatric Brachial Plexus Injury Program at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital helps children and teens increase use of their affected shoulder, arm, or hand. To be evaluated and treated by therapists at Mary Free Bed’s Outpatient Therapy Center in Grand Rapids, your child’s doctor must write a prescription.

Pediatric Brachial Plexus Injury Program Services

Comprehensive Brachial Plexus Evaluation

  • Parent or caregiver interview
  • Medical history review
  • Observation of your child performing functional tasks, such as: crawling or walking, reaching for and playing with a toy, eating, or dressing
  • Assessment of range of motion, sensation, muscle strength, and coordination

Brachial Plexus Treatment for Children
If brachial plexus treatment is recommended for your child, individualized therapy sessions are scheduled. At therapy, you’ll learn how to help your child with:

  • Gentle stretching to maintain flexibility
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Sensory techniques
  • Coordination exercises to increase hand grasp and mobility
  • Adaptive techniques for dressing, bathing, and eating

Treatment activities often include play and other activities that your child engages in during the day.

Depending on your baby or child’s injury, your therapist may recommend specialized brachial plexus treatment, which can include: splinting, massage, kinesiotape, pool therapy, threshold electrical stimulation (TES), and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).

Contact Mary Free Bed’s Pediatric Brachial Plexus Injury Program

For more information about pediatric brachial plexus treatment, or to make a referral to Mary Free Bed's Pediatric Brachial Plexus Injury Program, please contact:

616.242.0366 or 800.668.6001



Outpatient Therapy Center
350 Lafayette SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4651
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