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Brachial Plexus Treatment Program

The Akron Children's Hospital team of pediatric specialists from orthopedics, neurosurgery, physical and rehabilitation medicine and other disciplines collaborates to treat children of all ages with brachial plexus injuries. Research shows that up to 90 percent of children with brachial plexus injuries make a complete or nearly complete recovery within the first year.

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves in the neck that controls movement and feeling in the shoulder, arm and hand. Brachial plexus palsy happens when these nerves have been damaged, causing paralysis of the arm.

Specialized care.

Brachial plexus palsy is one of the most common birth injuries, occurring in about 1 in every 1,000 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 shoulder, arm and hand.

We typically diagnose the injury with a simple history and physical examination, including muscle testing, testing for sensory function, standardized scoring classifications, and observation of functional movement. We often augment these tests with diagnostic procedures throughout the treatment plan. These may include X-rays, EMG and nerve conduction testing, and MRI or CT scan depending on the clinical situation and recovery. 

After diagnosis, your child will follow our brachial plexus injury treatment plan with specific assessments and interventions at different stages of her life, depending on the recovery of the injured nerves in the arm. If children are to recover strength completely, they usually do so within the first 3 months.

Most cases of brachial plexus palsy do not require surgery.

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Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Suite 7200
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-5001
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Our Doctors/Providers


Mark Adamczyk, MD

Vice Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery; Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Treatment Center; Director, Clubfoot Clinic; Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon


Adam Bartlett, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist


Kathryn Mosher, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Neuromuscular Clinic


Stephanie Russo, MD, PhD

Pediatric Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgeon


Some of the Conditions We Treat...

brachial plexus injury