Brachial Plexus Injury Treatment
in Massapequa & East Northport, NY

Children with brachial plexus injuries often experience unique challenges with their physical development. At Sensational Development, we understand the impact this can have on a child’s life, which is why our dedicated pediatric therapists create personalized treatment plans to address these challenges. Keep reading to learn what a brachial plexus injury is, how it can affect your child, and how our team can help.

What Is a Brachial Plexus Injury?

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that starts at the spinal cord and extends down through the neck into the shoulder, arm, and hand. A brachial plexus injury occurs when these nerves are damaged, which can cause weakness, pain, or paralysis in the affected arm. Depending on the severity of the injury, it can either heal on its own with little to no treatment, or it can require extensive treatment and possibly surgery to fully address.

What Causes Brachial Plexus Injuries?

Understanding the causes of a brachial plexus injury is crucial for developing the right treatment plan for your child’s needs. Common causes of this condition include:

Birth Trauma

Injuries that happen during a difficult childbirth, especially if there is excessive pulling on the baby’s head and neck to help guide them out of the birth canal.

Traumatic Accidents

Injuries from falls, sports accidents, or trauma to the shoulder region, especially if the arm is pulled with a lot of force.

Tumors or Inflammation

Abnormal growths or inflammation can also affect the brachial plexus nerves and lead to injury.

How a Brachial Plexus Injury Can Impact Your Child's Development

A brachial plexus injury can impact a child’s physical abilities and overall development. Common symptoms can include:

  • Limited movement or control in the affected arm
  • Challenges in muscle development and coordination
  • Difficulty with tasks requiring precision and dexterity
  • Numbness in the affected arm or hand
  • Pain in the arm, hand, or wrist
  • A lack of startle reflex in infants

How Pediatric Therapy Helps Children with Brachial Plexus Injuries

At Sensational Development, our experienced pediatric therapists conduct thorough evaluations to understand the unique needs of each child with a brachial plexus injury. We work with your child’s physician as needed to ensure that your child receives the right care for their needs. With your support, our expert pediatric therapists can help your child:

  • Improve their strength, coordination, and range of motion
  • Gain the ability to participate in daily tasks
  • Build their fine motor skills
  • Learn to use adaptive equipment as needed

Schedule an Appointment Today

If your child has experienced a brachial plexus injury, Sensational Development is here to help them start their recovery and reach their full potential. Give us a call at (516) 799-2900 to schedule an evaluation, and let’s work together to empower your child to achieve a sensational future.