Brachial Plexus Injury

This e-mail just arrived in our inbox;

We are interested in setting up a Camp for those affected with brachial plexus injuries, and or their families scheduled to take place the summer of 2009.

We will be looking into various areas of the Midwest and Florida for the location.

We thought we would send out an e-mail message to see if this is what the brachial plexus community would like to see happen.  If you are interested in attending, helping out, and or making a donation for the event, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Brenda

Wisconsin Brachial Plexus Injury Connection

BPI

Erbspalsy1@gmail.com

P.O. Box 23

Larsen, WI 54947

Here at the center we have treated a number of children very successfully for brachial plexus injury allowing the development of full function without needing to resort to painful and often ineffective surgical intervention.

What is the brachial plexus?

The brachial plexus (BRAY-key-el PLEK-sis) is a network of nerves that provides movement and feeling to the shoulder, arm and hand. The nerves supporting the arm exit the spinal column high in the neck; those that support the hand and fingers exit lower in the neck.This nerve complex is composed of four cervical nerve roots (C5-C8) and the first thoracic nerve root (T1). These roots combine to form three trunks. C5-C6 form the upper trunk, C7 continues as the middle trunk and C8-T1 form the lower trunk.

Each trunk splits into a division. Half the divisions globally supply flexor muscles (that lift and bend the arm). The others supply the extensor muscles (that straighten the arm and bring it down). Symptoms of injury may include a limp or paralyzed arm; lack of muscle control in the arm, hand, or wrist; and a lack of feeling or sensation in the arm or hand.

What causes a brachial plexus injury?

A birth brachial plexus injury is thought to be caused by a stretch injury involving the child’s brachial plexus during vaginal delivery, but this is not always the case as such injuries have also been reported following Caesarean sections. This excessive stretch results in incomplete sensory and / or motor function of the injured nerve. According to research, a brachial plexus injury was found to occur in 1.5 of every 1,000 live births. Traumatic Brachial Plexus injuries may occur due to motor vehicle accidents, bike accidents, ATV accidents, sports, etc. Nerve injuries vary in severity from a mild stretch to the nerve root tearing away from the spinal cord.

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