Brachial Plexus Injury Program
Infants and children with brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries, including birth-related palsies (like Erb’s palsy) and brachial plexus trauma and tumors, require specialized care from a multidisciplinary team of pediatric experts. At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), you’ll find that specialized care in our Brachial Plexus Injury Program, where our goal is to help your child regain use of their injured limb. We offer a variety of treatment options for patients with brachial plexus and other peripheral nerve disorders, including occupational therapy and surgical interventions. Your child can be evaluated on our Main Campus in Philadelphia, or our outpatient location in Voorhees, New Jersey.
When it comes to the care of a child with a brachial plexus injury, our team makes it a priority to develop a personalized treatment strategy that will work for your family, avoids unnecessary testing, and incorporates surgery only when absolutely necessary. Every child and every injury is different, so through close observation by a multidisciplinary team, we can ensure that we’re offering the best option, customized to your child.
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.