Brachial Plexus Injuries: Care and Treatment

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The brachial plexus begins in the spinal cord at the cervical and upper thoracic region (from C5-T1) and is a system of nerves that relays messages to and from the central nervous system to the shoulder, arm and hand. It’s a complex network that supplies the nerves to all the muscles in the upper limbs apart from the trapezius. If this web of nerves is damaged, it can have potentially severe consequences for the individual.

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Often, a brachial plexus injury will occur when the nerves are stretched, compressed or torn. Signs and symptoms of brachial plexus injuries are mostly dependent on two factors: the severity of the injury and the location of the injury.


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Sally Moyle
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator
Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator with Epworth HealthCare. She has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching) and has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, orthopaedic, neurosurgery, emergency, aged care and general surgery. Sally is passionate about education in nursing in order to produce the best nurses possible.
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Deborah Nicholson
13 Aug 2020
Easy to read. Certainly important to understand the symptoms and signs of brachial plexus injury. How treating and rehabilitation is essential and needs to be commenced as soon as possible.
Martina Tait
14 Aug 2020
Useful resource, great to gain new knowledge and reinforce existing.
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02 Sep 2023
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Rosy Ali
02 Aug 2023
Good information
Pamela Boyd
13 Aug 2020
Very informative, excellent, thank you.
Karen Davis
10 Sep 2023
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Enjoyed this session . I learnt a lot.
Norilyn Almora
15 May 2021
Informative and direct to the point.
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11 Aug 2023
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Brooke Skilton
13 Aug 2020
Very good short, informative reading.
Helen Purtscher
16 Aug 2020
good article, worth reading.
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