Brachial Plexus Injury

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that begins in the spinal cord in the neck and controls the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. These nerves may be damaged when they are stretched too far, as occurs in accidents or sometimes in infants as they pass through the birth canal. Some brachial plexus injuries can be treated with therapy. However, more severe brachial plexus injuries require surgical treatment.

In infantile brachial plexus injury, timely assessment and intervention is necessary for an optimal recovery. Evaluation should occur within the first four weeks of life. During treatment, nerve studies are conducted to determine which nerves are damaged and which are still functional.

A multidisciplinary team of physicians and therapist at The Hand Center specialize in the evaluation and treatment of brachial plexus injuries. Our therapists employ specific range of motion exercises to prevent the muscles and joints from tightening and strengthening to restore functional use.

Drs. Matloub and Sanger specialize in brachial plexus injury treatment and accept new patients and referrals from the greater Milwaukee metropolitan area as well as from throughout the United States.

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