Brachial Plexus Injury

brachialPlexusThe brachial plexus is the network of nerves that sends signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm and hand. A brachial plexus injury occurs when these nerves are stretched, compressed, or in the most serious cases, ripped apart or torn away from the spinal cord.

Minor brachial plexus injuries, known as stingers or burners, are common in contact sports, such as football. Babies sometimes sustain brachial plexus injuries during birth. Other conditions, such as inflammation or tumors, may affect the brachial plexus.

brachialPlexusHelpSigns and symptoms of a brachial plexus injury can vary greatly, depending on the severity and location of your injury.  One of our clinicians will do a thorough examination to determine the exact mechanism of injury.  One of the main goals of rehabilitation is to prevent muscle atrophy until the nerves regain function. We will develop an effective stretch and strengthen exercise program to help you reach this fundamental goal.