A brachial plexus injury to your child’s shoulder, arm or hand can affect everyday activities such as play or school and can get in the way of your child’s self-care. Mary Free Bed Kids offers a variety of therapeutic options to improve strength and mobility to the affected nerves.
Treatment begins with an evaluation process that includes interviews with you and other caregivers; we’ll also do a comprehensive review of your child’s medical history. We’ll observe how your child performs tasks, such as crawling or walking, reaching for and playing with toys, eating and dressing. We assess range of motion, sensation, muscle strength and coordination.
If the assessment shows a need for brachial plexus treatment, we’ll schedule personalized therapy sessions. We use fun activities to engage your child in therapy; these may include gentle stretching and strengthening exercises, and sensory techniques. We also demonstrate coordination exercises to increase hand grasp, mobility and adaptive techniques for dressing, bathing and eating.
Depending on your child’s needs, your therapist may recommend specialized brachial plexus treatment, such as splinting, massage, kinesiotape, pool therapy, threshold electrical stimulation (TES) or neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).
Mary Free Bed Kids services are available with a prescription from your child’s physician.