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Brachial Plexus Injuries in Adults

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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