How Can Shriners Hospitals for Children Help?
The doctors and therapists at our hospital see hundreds of children with brachial plexus injuries each year. Every injury is different and the responses to treatments vary as well. Through periodic clinic appointments, doctors and therapists will monitor changes in your child’s range of motion, ability to complete functional activities and ability to use the injured arm. Occupational therapy sessions can be arranged to teach range of motion and stretching exercises to encourage movement and use of your child’s arm in daily activities. For some children, surgery may be an appropriate option. There are many surgical procedures available to improve functioning of the arm after a brachial plexus injury. The overall goal of any surgical procedure is to increase motion, function, and spontaneous use of the arm in daily activities. Surgery is not always the primary method of treatment. Many children may regain motion in their affected arms through conservative treatment methods.