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Erb's Palsy Treatment

Erb's palsy treatment can help a patient with Erb's palsy recover from the damage that occurred to upper nerves of the brachial plexus area. Erb's palsy is a condition that usually develops during the birthing process as a result of shoulder dystocia where the baby's shoulder gets impacted on the mother's pelvis. There are several maternal and fetal factors that can increase the risk of this birth complication. Erb's palsy is a condition that affects the group of nerves that control the muscles in the arms and hands and can include symptoms of limpness, paralysis, lack of muscle control, and decreased sensation in the affected areas.

Erb's Palsy Treatment Cases

The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that extends between the neck and shoulder area down both upper extremities. When a person requires Erb's palsy treatment, the extent of nerve damage will determine the type of treatment that will be necessary. The four Erb's palsy injuries that a person can develop include nerve stretch, the development of scar tissue around the injured nerve, rupture or torn nerves, or avulsion which is the pulling of the nerves away from their proper placement. Early Erb's palsy treatment and intervention is crucial in order to facilitate recovery.

In eighty percent of these cases, a baby born with Erb's palsy will recover without the need for surgical Erb's palsy treatment. In other cases children can benefit from surgical Erb's palsy treatment and other rehabilitative techniques. Research has shown that children between the ages of five and twelve months benefit most from surgical Erb's palsy treatment. Surgical Erb's palsy treatment is often less effective after one year of life. Younger children tend also to recover more quickly from surgery to repair Erb's palsy.

Erb's Palsy Statistics

Approximately two infants out of every 10,000 births will require surgical Erb's palsy treatment to recovery from a birth injury that causes nerve damage in the brachial plexus region. Surgical Erb's palsy treatment is often recommended when a child shows no improvement within the first four months of life. Surgical Erb's palsy treatment can be unique to each case and may involve nerve grafting, or tendon/muscle release.

Other Erb's Palsy Treatments

In addition to surgery, children can also benefit from other types of Erb's palsy treatment. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and hydrotherapy can help to increase a child's range of movement in the upper extremities, keep the muscles from atrophy or rigidity, and strengthen the muscles and tendons in the affected extremities. With Erb's palsy treatment, mild cases tend to resolve within three or four months. With more serious cases recovery may occur slowly over the first 18 to 24 months of life. Typically after two years, little improvement in a patient's condition will occur. In some cases, patients will have some degree of long term disability.

Birth complications that result in Erb's palsy can happen for a number of reasons. In many cases, Erb's palsy is a preventable condition that may be due to medical negligence. If you are interested in learning more about Erb's palsy causes and Erb's palsy treatment, you may wish to contact an attorney who can determine your legal rights and options.

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