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 is one of the most common birth injuries. The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves in the neck that provides movement and feeling to the shoulder, arm, hand and wrist. A brachial plexus injury can sometimes occur during birth, especially a difficult or complicated delivery. It can cause the loss of feeling or movement in the affected arm.
Early diagnosis and intervention can help ensure babies with a brachial plexus injury achieve the fullest level of function possible in their shoulder, arm and hand. Research shows that 80 to 90% of these children make a complete or nearly complete recovery within the first year.
But, early intervention is critical. If children are to recover strength completely, they usually do so within the first 3 months.
The Akron Children’s Hospital Brachial Plexus Treatment Center offers a multidisciplinary approach for treating children with brachial plexus injuries. Our team includes pediatric specialists from orthopedic surgery, physiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy and research. With all the specialists gathered together in one place, families have a convenient way to get the best possible care. We work together to help children maximize their muscle function and promote increased signals to the brain.
After diagnosis, children follow our Brachial Plexus Injury protocol with assessments and interventions planned at 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months and beyond as needed. During treatment, we may use diagnostic procedures such as a physical exam, EMG, X-ray, MRI, muscle testing, testing for sensory function, standardized scoring classifications and observation of functional movement.
Once diagnosed, children with birth injuries follow Akron Children's brachial plexus injury protocol with specific assessments and interventions planned at 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months and more, if necessary.
Diagnostic procedures throughout the treatment plan may include a physical exam, EMG, X-ray, MRI, muscle testing, testing for sensory function, standardized scoring classifications, and observation of functional movement.
Children in our clinic see all their doctors and therapists in one setting. This improves communication between everyone on the medical team and with the family. Parents leave each visit with information on how to:
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