The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that send signals from the spine to shoulder, arm and hand. A brachial plexus injury occurs when these nerves are stretched, compressed, or in the most serious cases, ripped apart or torn away from the spinal cord. Some brachial plexus injuries are minor and will completely recover in several weeks. Other injuries are severe enough and could cause some permanent disability in the arm.
HOW IS BRACHIAL PLEXUS DIAGNOSED?
Injuries related to the brachial plexus can be diagnosed by physical examination. The doctor may also order for imaging tests like CT scan and MRI for evaluating the impact on the brachial plexus due to accident or sport injury. Injuries that occur during birth are diagnosed through imaging tests.
HOW IS BRACHIAL PLEXUS TREATED?
From medication to tendon replacement surgery, there are a number of methods for treating this issue so as to help the patient gain mobility in the arm again.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tumors that may occur in the brachial plexus are schwannomas, neurofibromas and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Motorcyclists or sports people are the most prone to such injuries.