Difference between Erb's Palsy and Brachial Plexus
Erb’s Palsy is a condition resulting from injury during birth which affects the C5, C6, and sometimes C7 nerve roots. This type is the most common type and fortunately has the best prognosis. The children affected have full use of the hand and fingers, but the function of the shoulder, elbow and forearm are affected. When nerves in the upper part (nerve roots from C5 to C7) of the brachial plexus bundle are damaged, it is called Erb’s Palsy.
Erb's Palsy Conditions
Depending on the severity of injury, Erb’s Palsy affects your child’s ability to move his/her arm(s), wrist(s) and hand(s) differently. If you see your child wiggles fingers but not moving his/her arm, hand or wrist, or even it looks paralyzed, you need to consult your physician. There are non-surgical interventions for most of cases, and surgical treatments for more severe cases.
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Brachial Plexus News
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