BRACHIAL PLEXUS INJURIES
If you suffer from pain or weakness in shoulders or arms, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.
Specialists define the brachial plexus as the network of nerves transmitting signals from the spinal cord to the shoulder and down into the arm and hand. A brachial plexus injury can occur when patients stretch, compress, or in serious cases, rip the nerves away from the spinal cord.
Minor brachial plexus injuries, also known as “stingers” or “burners” commonly occur in high impact sports such as football and rugby. Some babies may also sometimes sustain brachial plexus injuries at birth. Inflammation or tumors can also affect the brachial plexus in some rare cases.
Severe brachial plexus injuries tend to result from car or motorcycle accidents. Severe brachial plexus injuries can lead to paralyzation of the arm, although surgery can help to restore function.