Programs & Services
Brachial Plexus Clinic
Since 2009, the Brachial Plexus Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s has evaluated and treated more than 350 children. Our team specializes in:
- Micro/hand surgery
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Social work
Each of these specialties is available during an office visit to help make the most of a child’s appointment and to facilitate the collaboration among the different specialists.
Patients with injuries to the brachial plexus and peripheral nerves, due to all types of trauma, benefit from our approach because they receive comprehensive medical, surgical and psychosocial options throughout their ongoing evaluation.
Brachial plexus is a network of nerves located at the base of the neck. These nerves signal to the brain to provide movement to the shoulders, arms and hands. Injury to the brachial plexus is either caused during the birthing process or through a traumatic event. This type of peripheral nerve injury is the most frequently encountered by a pediatric neurosurgeon.
Birth brachial plexus injuries are more likely to occur during a difficult delivery. Later in life, these injuries can occur due to an intense trauma such as a fall or car accident. Nerve fibers of the brachial plexus are either stretched or torn. This happens when a child’s shoulder has been pressed down forcefully while the head is pushed up and away from that shoulder.