Common questions

What is the brachial plexus traction test?

What is the brachial plexus traction test?

The Brachial Plexus Compression Test, also called the Morley’s Compression Test is used for the assessment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome which produces tenderness at the root of the neck when pressure is placed over the neurovascular (the brachial plexus and the subclavian vessels) structures in the area of the …

How do you assess a brachial plexus injury in a newborn?

How Is a Brachial Plexus Injury Diagnosed?

  1. X-rays.
  2. nerve conduction study (NCS) and electromyogram (EMG) to test nerve and muscle function.
  3. computed tomography (CT or CAT scan)
  4. magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

How does brachial plexus injury cause Horner syndrome?

Most traumatic brachial plexus injuries occur when the arm is forcefully pulled or stretched. Horner’s syndrome is usually taken as an absolute indicator of avulsions of the C8 and T1 ventral roots in adult brachial plexus injury.

Where is the most common site for brachial plexus compression?

More-severe injuries The most serious brachial plexus injury occurs when the nerve root is torn from the spinal cord. Signs and symptoms of more-severe injuries can include: Weakness or inability to use certain muscles in your hand, arm or shoulder.

Are brachial plexus injuries permanent?

Brachial plexus injuries can cause permanent weakness or disability. Even if yours seems minor, you may need medical care.

Where is brachial plexus pain?

Brachial plexus neuropathy (BPN) occurs when nerves in your upper shoulder area become damaged. This can cause severe pain in your shoulders or arms.

How is the diagnosis of brachial plexus injury made?

Diagnosis requires focused physical examination with EMG/NCS and MRI studies used for confirmation as needed. Treatment can be conservative versus operative depending on the age of patient, chronicity of injury, degree of injury and nerve root involvement.

How long does pain from brachial plexus injury last?

Pain control. Pain from the most severe types of brachial plexus injuries has been described as a debilitating, severe crushing sensation or a constant burning. This pain resolves for most people within three years.

When do you need nerve transfer for brachial plexus?

Nerve transfer. Nerve transfer Nerve transfers are particularly helpful in the most serious types of brachial plexus injuries, called avulsions, when the nerve root has been torn out of the spinal cord.