Brachial Plexus Treatment Center

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...

Adamczyk Mark
Mark Adamczyk, MD
Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Treatment Center

Mosher Kathryn
Kathryn Mosher, MD
Pediatric Physiatrist Director, Neuromuscular Clinic

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Jubara Lori
Lori Jubara, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Leslie Shannon

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Melanie Morscher, PT
Physical Therapist

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Niki-Marie Topougis, LISW-S
Social Work Supervisor, Emergency Department, CARE Center and Outreach



Conditions We Treat

Conditions we treat
Here are some of the conditions treated in this department. Select a condition to get more information and resources: Brachial Plexus Injury.

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Overview

Brachial Plexus Treatment - Overview

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.

A TEAM APPROACH

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.

ONGOING TREATMENT

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. 

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What To Expect

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:

  • Handling and positioning your baby
  • Performing range of motion exercises at home
  • Understanding movement scores and other tests
  • Caring for your baby after surgery, if applicable
  • Connecting with resources for additional support and education, including Help Me Grow or connecting with other parents of children with this injury

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Akron Children's Hospital
Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St., Suite 7200
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-3500
Fax: 330-543-5001
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