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Understanding the Effects of Nerve Injury
Providing physical therapy and range of motion exercises every day is an approach that doctors recommend. Exercises contribute to making joints limber and muscles fit. Caregivers usually need instruction from a physician or physical therapist to conduct the therapy sessions properly. Infants may have limited use an affected arm, making the participation of trained adults essential. Beginning when a baby is as young as three weeks, the exercises focus on the shoulder and the hand, wrist and elbow. Strengthening the limb with active movement helps prevent joints from forming joint contracture, a condition that makes them permanently stiff.
Considering surgery to repair damaged nerves is an option if an infant shows no improvement after six months. Nerve grafts and nerve transfers involve splicing or replacing damaged nerves. However, recovery time may last as long as seven years for neck nerves to influence the hand and lower arm. Physical therapy following surgery contributes to the success of the procedures. Many children who have Erb’s palsy may continue to experience weakness and limited use of the affected arm.
The birth of a child is a joyous occasion that may include less than optimal circumstances. We understand the complications that nerve damage can create, and we can help parents of patients learn how to cope with the consequences. In the absence of reliable information, worry can create stress and anxiety. We are here to alleviate concerns with compassionate consultations.