brachial plexus paralysis, also commonly called brachial plexus palsy or Erb’s palsy, a paralysis that is often seen in newborn babies when the birth process was difficult. it affects the brachial plexus nerves that control the muscles of the arms and shoulders. these nerves are connected between the spine, arm, hand and shoulder. it can also be seen in victims of trauma or people who have tumors in this area. Genetics may play a role in the damage of these specific nerves too.
most of the time, only the arm and shoulder affected by damage to the brachial plexus nerves. in rare cases, however, a person may be able to use your hand. this is known as Klumpke palsy, and is thought of as lower type brachial plexus palsy. this type of injury, along with an injury to both upper and lower nerves, can not heal as quickly and easily as an injury to only the upper nerves of the brachial plexus.
Symptoms of brachial plexus palsy generally include weakness or an inability to move the affected arm, a burning sensation and pain. Damaged nerves can cause numbness in the extremities as well. Many times, a person who has suffered a fall, been in a car accident, or experienced some other trauma notice these symptoms quickly. a visit to the doctor for a complete medical evaluation is necessary if a person has symptoms of injured brachial plexus nerves.
treatment of brachial plexus paralysis will vary with each case. if damage to the nerves are not serious, they can be left alone to heal themselves. Surgery may be required for nerve which is more seriously damaged. several options are available for people with brachial plexus paralysis, such as nerve grafts, muscle transfers, nerve transfers, and neurolysis. Exercise can also be used to keep your joints loose and muscles working.