Treatments We Offer
Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Clinic
At Phoenix Children’s, we offer innovative treatments to help your child recover from brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries.
Our experts first will evaluate the severity of your child’s injuries. We may use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other special tests to see the injured area and check the function of the nerves. Your child’s prognosis and care depend on the specific nerves affected and how badly they were damaged.
Then, we’ll design a treatment plan to address your child’s specific needs. Treatments may include these and others:
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Medications to control pain
- Splints and bracing
- State-of-the-art nerve stimulation techniques
Healing Without Surgery
Not every child with brachial plexus injuries needs surgery. In fact, many do not.
If your child’s nerve injury is mild, your doctor will monitor the injury closely. Many brachial plexus injuries heal on their own over a period of weeks to months.
For example, when brachial plexus injuries happen at birth, many infants will recover the ability to move their arms and hands within several months. Your doctor might suggest you perform daily physical therapy exercises with your infant to help develop maximum function.
Our goal is to find out whether the injury will heal and your child will regain function without the need for surgery. Fortunately – whether nerve injuries happen during birth or during a traumatic accident – many symptoms will resolve without surgery.
Learn how physical and occupational therapy can help children regain function after a brachial plexus injury.
If your child’s injury is severe or recovery isn’t happening within two or three months after the time of injury, your doctor may consider surgery. Learn about our innovative surgical options at Phoenix Children’s.