Akron Children's Brachial Plexus Treatment Program brings together a team of pediatric specialists from orthopedics, neurosurgery, physiatry and other disciplines to treat children of all ages who have suffered brachial plexus injuries. Read More...
Brachial plexus birth palsy is one of the most common birth injuries, occurring in about 1 in every 1000 births. While initially there is usually no emergency treatment needed, early diagnosis and intervention will help your child achieve the fullest level of function possible in his or her shoulder, arm and hand. Research shows that up to 80 to 90 percent of children with brachial plexus injuries make a complete or nearly complete recovery within the first year. If children are to recover strength completely, they usually do so within the first three months.
The Brachial Plexus Treatment Center at Akron Children’s Hospital offers an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach in treating children with brachial plexus injuries. Our pediatric specialists in orthopedic surgery, physiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and research work together to help your child maximize the use of his or her arm. Having all of these specialists gathered together in our Brachial Plexus Treatment Center is a convenient way to get the best possible care for your child without having to visit numerous different doctors’ offices and departments within the hospital.
After diagnosis, your child will follow our Brachial Plexus Injury Treatment Plan with specific assessments and interventions at different stages of their life depending on the recovery of the injured nerves in the arm. The initial diagnosis is typically made with a simple history and physical examination, including muscle testing, testing for sensory function, standardized scoring classifications, and observation of functional movement. This is often augmented with diagnostic procedures throughout the treatment plan and may include X-rays, EMG and nerve conduction testing and MRI or CT scan depending on the clinical situation and recovery.
The clinic approach, gathering all the doctors and therapists who will be working with your child in one setting, helps to provide consistent communication among the disciplines and care-givers, as well as between the medical professionals and the family. Parents will leave each visit with information covering such topics as:
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