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Brachial Plexus Injuries

Brachial Plexus InjuriesThe brachial plexus is created from nerves that originate in the cervical spine (neck). They continue through the body into the hands forming the radial, median and ulnar nerves. This condition is characterized by loss of arm function, arm pain and hand pain, and numbness or tingling in the shoulder, arm, or hand.

Brachial plexus injuries are caused by a stretching mechanism or a compression injury to the nerves. Many times this injury occurs when a person grabs onto something to prevent falling, resulting in a violent stretch of the brachial plexus.

Activities such as football, hockey, tennis, baseball, and weight training could all contribute to this injury. Poor posture also can play a role in the mechanism of brachial plexus injury.


Our Approach

Injuries to the brachial plexus can be challenging to treat and understanding the mechanism of the injury is imperative. Traditional therapies include rest, ice, activity modification, and anti-inflammatory medications.

We perform a complete postural, biomechanical, orthopedic, and neurological exam of the affected area, using diagnostic imaging as necessary.

Careful analysis of the joints and tissues from the neck to the fingers is performed to ensure precise diagnosis.


A variety of soft tissue techniques are then used to treat the condition and prevent re-injury or pain recurrence. These techniques may include: Active Release Technique®, Graston Technique®, Fascial Manipulation, Trigger Point Therapy, or Transverse Friction Massage. As the function is restored to the tissue, rehabilitative and strengthening exercises will be integrated.
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