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Texas Clinic Now Accepting Brachial Plexus Patients; Children and Adults
Date:12/26/2012

Houston, TX (PRWEB) December 26, 2012

Understanding what brachial plexus injury is, how it occurs, and how to treat it, are crucial factors one must know when battling this injury. The brachial plexus is a group of nerves in a person’s shoulder, arm, or hand. The nerves that make up our brachial plexus are a bundle of intertwined sensory and motor nerves that attach to our spinal cord. Each nerve in the brachial plexus has a specific sensory or motor function. When these nerves are torn or stretched, a brachial plexus injury occurs. Brachial plexus injuries, or Erb's Palsy, usually result from playing in rough, contact sports; but, they can also result from an automobile accident or complications during birth. Tumors or inflammation can also cause the injury; however these causes are rare.

Minor brachial plexus injury is easier to treat and sometimes goes away on its own. If it does not disappear on its own there are a few non-surgical treatments sufferers can try. Physical therapy is often helpful for Erb's Palsy sufferers and usually consists of stretching and other physical activities; meant to stimulate function of the nerves.

For someone suffering from a major brachial plexus injury, physical therapy may not be enough to manage the excruciating pain that they are experiencing. When someone has a major brachial plexus injury, reconstructive surgery is often the solution. Surgical solutions to brachial plexus injury are often to conduct a nerve graft or nerve transfer. During a nerve graft procedure the surgeon removes the damaged part of the brachial plexus and replaces the affected nerves with healthy nerves found elsewhere on the body.

Most of the time a nerve graft is a sufficient surgical solution to brachial plexus injury; however, when the nerve root
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