As an expecting mother, you have plenty of time to dream of picture-perfect life with your little one. One thing you don’t expect is that your baby will suffer a birth injury–especially one that is caused by a medical professional’s bad judgment. Unfortunately, complications in the delivery room occur. These complications may result in injuries such as a brachial plexus injury.
When your child suffers a brachial plexus injury as a result of a doctor’s mistake you may rightly feel angry and also determined to know more about this injury.
In a series of post, we’ll look at some of the basics of brachial plexus injuries. In this post, the first of the series, we’ll look at what a brachial plexus injury is. In other posts, we’ll look at what the symptoms and prognosis for a brachial plexus injury are.
What is a brachial plexus injury?
It’s helpful to first look at what the brachial plexus is.
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves. The nerves start in the neck part of the spinal cord and then branch into the arm, forearm, and hand. These nerves give the arm, forearm, and hand their feeling and move the muscles in those areas.
Now that we know what the brachial plexus is, let’s see what the the term “brachial plexus injury” describes.
This term describes several conditions that disrupt or limit the brachial plexus network of nerves. And, it is important to note, these injuries are caused by trauma before or during delivery. In many cases, the injuries are due to the negligence of a physician.