Treatment Options

  • Surgery: Surgery is one of the options for treating Brachial Plexus Injury, although it is not always required. In some cases the injury will heal without surgery, perhaps just with the assistance of physiotherapy. In other, more serious cases, surgery is the best option for recovery. In Brachial Plexus Injury, the sooner treatment is received the higher the chance of full recovery. It is important that the muscles begin receiving the messages normally as quickly as possible before they begin to deteriorate (atrophy).
  • Rehab: You will almost certainly receive physiotherapy after your injury because it is an excellent way of preventing your muscles stiffenig and can help to improve the range of motion of the hand, arm, elbow and wrist. With the right exercises it can be possible to strengthen muscles which have become weakened post injury, which can help to improve function.
  • Physiotherapists: will help you get your life back on track. They will be able to give you advice in ways to adapt to the new challenges in your life, such as dealing with everyday tasks like buttoning shirts or tying shoe laces. If you have completely lost the use of one arm, you may experience pain in your remaining healthy arm, because of its increased use. Physiotherapists will advise you how to strengthen your healthy arm, which will make this change easier.
  • Pain Management: In severe cases of Brachial Plexus injury, you may experience pain. Because the pain is neuropathic (caused by nerves), it has to be treated in a slightly different way to how you would treat other kinds of pain. Your doctor may prescribe antidepressants (as they can also be used as muscle relaxants), anticonvulsant or other muscle relaxant medications, which you may find helpful. In extreme cases further surgery may be offered, to treat the areas which are causing the pain.
  • Counselling: Receiving a traumatic injury can understandably be a very difficult time, but there is no need to deal with it alone. Your GP can refer you to a specialist counsellor. Your counsellor will be able to help you come to terms with the changes in your life, and also help you to deal with what happened during the accident. If the accident which caused the accident was not you fault.

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