What is a Brachial Plexus Injury?
The Mayo Clinic in the USA describes Brachial Plexus Injuries as:
The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that sends signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm and hand. A brachial plexus injury occurs when these nerves are stretched, compressed, or in the most serious cases, ripped apart or torn away from the spinal cord.
Minor brachial plexus injuries, known as stingers or burners, are common in contact sports, such as football. Babies sometimes sustain brachial plexus injuries during birth. Other conditions, such as inflammation or tumors, may affect the brachial plexus.
The most severe brachial plexus injuries usually result from auto or motorcycle accidents. Severe brachial plexus injuries can leave your arm paralyzed, with a loss of function and sensation. Surgical procedures such as nerve grafts, nerve transfers or muscle transfers can help restore function.
Brachial Plexus Australia's website will be a source of information for the newly diagnosed, as well as a support communiy for people with BPIs and their families.
Covering both BPIs sustained during birth, and traumatic BPIs caused by accidents and injuries, this site will provide medical, surgical, recovery and rehab information, as well as where to get financial aid, modified driving permits, and lots more.
Established by a woman who suffers from a traumatic BPI caused by a motorcycle accident, this site is being built with the input of specialising surgeons, therapists and patients from across Australia. I would like to thank Dr Richard Lawson (Sydney) for the bulk of the information on this site.
Please be patient as the site is developed. In the meantime, join us on Facebook: