Brachial Plexus Program

The Brachial Plexus Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides comprehensive, coordinated team care for pediatric patients with brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries, including birth-related palsies, trauma and peripheral tumors.

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that run from the cervical spinal cord in the neck to the shoulder, arm, and hand. These nerves are responsible for stimulating the muscles of the upper extremity as well as signaling sensation or feeling of the arm. An injury to one or more of these nerves can result in varying degrees of upper extremity weakness or paralysis and numbness.

Regardless of the type and severity of the injury, it is important for all patients to be evaluated and followed by a medical team that specializes in brachial plexus injuries to monitor their recovery and make recommendations for the best course of treatment.

Our multidisciplinary program is focused on the evaluation and long-term management of patients from birth through adolescence. We provide a variety of treatment options for patients with brachial plexus and other peripheral nerve disorders, including occupational therapy and surgical interventions. We carefully follow each patient for signs of recovery and personalize treatment based on the type and degree of injury.

Coordinated care

Team members include clinical experts in pediatric neurology, occupational therapy, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery and radiology. Patients treated through the Brachial Plexus Program may also be referred for consultations with other specialists within The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Our program allows for coordinated care in both the outpatient and inpatient setting, depending on the needs of your child. We maintain ongoing, open communication with your child’s primary care physicians and local service providers to ensure coordinated care in the management of your child’s condition.

Learn more about what to expect during your child's care.

Appointments

For infants born with birth-related brachial plexus injury, please call the Neuromuscular Program in the Division of Neurology at 215-590-1719 to schedule your first appointment.

For older children with new or past injuries, appointments can be scheduled through the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at 215-590-2208, or the Division of Neurosurgery at 215-590-2780.