Brachial Plexus Injury Treatment

Brachial Plexus Injury

Medical Name

The Condition

What is a Brachial Plexus Injury

Tension or irritation to the brachial plexus, typically at the side of the neck (scalene muscles) or in the armpit (axilla). 

Irritation to the nerve plexus will usually develop from tension to the scalene muscles or along their path through the axilla, pinching the nerves. 

This is common with poor posture, activities that strain the front of the neck, or stress.

Brachial Plexus Injury Treatment

Typical Treatment: Prescription medicine, such as anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxers, and/or rehabilitation that stretches and strengthens the neck and shoulder muscles.

MRI’s can be ordered, and usually won’t show anything related to the symptoms. This is costly and then leads to frustration for the patient because they aren’t getting any better.

Dr. Josh Bross’ Take

This numbness is often mistakenly diagnosed as a pinched nerve the neck. There are easy tests to differentiate the two. This often is resolved fast once the actual problem is found.

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