Repairing Brachial Plexus Nerve Injuries: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains Repairs to Brachial Plexus Nerve Injuries 


The brachial plexus is a matrix of interwoven nerves originating from the cervical spine (neck) through the shoulder girdle, down the arm, and into the fingertips.  These nerves handle motor movement and sensation, including feeling, temperature, moisture, pressure, and related feeling.  A common way that the brachial plexus nerves are injured is when the shoulders or arm is pulled or pushed in a certain way.  This occurs when a baby’s arm is pulled during the labor and delivery process, or when a person falls onto his or her shoulder with force enough to separate the nerve.  Additionally, brachial plexus nerves could be injured during medical procedures like Oregon medical malpractice.


There are several types of brachial plexus injuries.  The most common include neuropraxia (a stretched nerve injury), a rupture (tear in the nerve), and an avulsion (when the nerve is pulled from the spinal cord).  These types of injuries are diagnosed both on physical examination but also confirmed by imaging tests such as x-rays, CT scans, electrodiagnostic studies (EMGs), and other tests.


Repairing Brachial Plexus Injuries


There are several ways to repair brachial plexus injuries which include surgery and non surgery options.  Initially, it is important to note that some brachial plexus injuries will repair themselves without the need for any treatment or intervention.  This could takes weeks, months, or even years in severe cases, and generally occurs only with mild injuries like stretches.


However, other injuries may require some form of treatment.  This could include physical therapy to help with posture, stretching, and scar tissue around the nerves which would be putting pressure or constricting the nerve.  This is also known as nerve gliding.  Treatment could also mean some injections near the nerves to help decrease the pain or decrease the swelling near the affected nerve.


Unfortunately, some brachial plexus nerves will need surgical intervention to repair.  This is particularly true of ruptures and avulsions.  Some of the surgical repairs on nerve injuries include the following:


  • Nerve repairs – this is when the surgeon finds the two torn edges of the severed nerve and the surgeon re-attached both ends.  
  • Nerve graft – this is when a healthy nerve is taken from another part of your body and is implanted and sewn into the two ends of the cut nerve.  This could also be used to fix damaged areas of nerves which are torn and shredded.  The new piece of nerve acts like an extension to repair a broken pipe or to slice in new electrical lines.
  • Nerve transfer – this is when a nerve with no functioning nerve is grafted with a donor nerve to restore function to the damage nerve.


Brachial Plexus Nerve Injuries Requiring Surgical Treatment


If you or your loved one needs surgery to repair a brachial plexus or nerve injury caused by a birth injury or surgical error, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn what those rights are and how our compassionate team can help today.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.


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We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.

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