Brachial Plexus Injuries in Adults
The brachial plexus are the nerves that control the hand, arm, and shoulder.
Erb’s Palsy (or Erb-Duchenne Palsy) refers to upper nerve damage. A different but related injury is Total Brachial Plexus Palsy also known as Klumpke’s Palsy which refers to the lower and upper nerves being injured.
Other associated terms are:
- Waiter’s Tip which is when the arm hangs down and the hand is turned backward.
- Horner’s Syndrome which can affect the nerves leading to the face and eye.
- Treatment options vary and at the least will include occupational and/or physical therapy to increase function. Healing for a more minimal injury may take from three months to two years. A more severe injury may require multiple surgeries.
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