The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that travels from the spinal cord in the lower neck through the shoulders and down the arms. These nerves control both movement and sensation in the arms, wrists, and hands. A brachial plexus injury—often the result of a fall, car accident, or other trauma, including injury during birth—occurs when these nerves are compressed, stretched, or pulled away from the spinal cord. Depending on the severity, the injury can result in numbness, tingling, or pain, as well as weakness or loss of function in the arms and hands.
Orthopedic specialists at NYU Langone’s Center for Brachial Plexus Injuries are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of brachial plexus injuries in adults and children. They develop a comprehensive treatment plan to alleviate symptoms and restore function, and work together with other specialists, including neurologists and physical and occupational therapists, to help you recover and return to your daily activities.
Treatment may include stabilizing devices, such as casting and splinting, pain medication, and physical and occupational therapy. If the injury is severe, doctors may recommend surgery to repair the damaged nerves and help you regain function.
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