Combating the Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy With Physical Therapy
Erb’s Palsy is a birth injury that is caused when the nerves in the baby’s neck and upper arm are damaged during childbirth. During birth, doctors sometimes attempt to deliver the baby by pulling or tugging on the baby’s head if the baby is moving too slowly through the birth canal or if the baby becomes stuck. Unfortunately, the nerves in the baby’s neck and upper arm are fragile and vulnerable to injury if they are stretched too far or torn. If these nerves – the brachial plexus nerves – are damaged, the child can sustain a serious and permanent injury to the affected arm, shoulder and/or hand. The child may have weakness, immobility, absent or decreased reflexes, and deformity of the arm or hand known as Erb’s Palsy or brachial plexus palsy.