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Brachial Plexus

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A brachial plexus injury is a nerve injury that can cause muscle weakness in your child’s arm or hand. It can affect everyday activities such as play, school and self-care.


Medical Causes

The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves in the neck area of the spinal cord, and it can be injured in different ways. In children, brachial plexus is most commonly caused by birth injury.



Our pediatric physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) are skilled in diagnosing and treating brachial plexus injuries.

Children with brachial plexus injuries are often monitored with a sequence of clinical exams to determine how severe the injury is and how it is improving with treatment.

Conservative treatments for this type of injury may include:

  • Physical or occupational therapy to improve strength and mobility
  • Bracing to provide a stretch and help maintain or improve range of motion

Our therapists may recommend specialized brachial plexus treatment such as splinting, massage, kinesiotape, pool therapy, threshold electrical stimulation (TES) or neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).

Your child may be referred for surgical consultation if the injury is more severe and not expected to improve with conservative treatments.

Mary Free Bed Kids brachial plexus rehabilitation services are available with a prescription from your child’s physician.


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