Lurie Children’s offers the state’s most comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary program for infants and children with brachial plexus palsy. The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that begins in the spine and goes through the neck, running through the shoulder, and down the arm to the hand. Palsy means weakness. Erb’s Palsy is a form of brachial plexus palsy in infants.
Our brachial plexus specialists evaluate and treat children from birth through adolescence. These injuries can impair the nerves that send movement signals to the joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons in the shoulder, arm and hand. We treat these injuries as early as possible because they can lead to arm weakness, paralysis and lack of feeling (resulting in a loss of function).
Most brachial plexus injuries occur in the neonatal period, resulting from trauma before and at birth. Newborns are referred to us immediately after birth for evaluation and treatment from hospitals throughout the Midwest. We also treat children and teenagers with brachial plexus injuries resulting from motor vehicle and sports-related accidents. In a very small number of cases, this condition results from a tumor.
The goal of the Brachial Plexus Palsy Program is to make our patients' shoulders, arms and hands as functional as possible. We want your child to participate in normal childhood and adolescent activities — our treatments can make that a reality.