October 22, 2017

 Erb’s Palsy Treatment

Erb’s Palsy is a form of a brachial plexus palsy named after the neurogist Wilhelm Erb who first described it in 1874.  It is a condition characterized by a weakness or loss of movement in the arm resulting from damage to the upper nerves near the neck and arm (brachial plexis), usually due to a birth trauma.    Erb’s palsy treatment varies depending on the severity of the damage to the nerves.  Some Erb’s Palsy injuries are minor and heal on their own, while others may require physical therapy or surgery.   Sometimes the damage can cause scar tissue to accumulate, which can affect healthy, surrounding nerves.  Also, if the nerves are torn from the spinal column (avulsion), the resulting paralysis is usually permenant.  Initially, Erb’s Palsy treatment may typically begin with immobilizing the arm across the upper abdomen to help prevent further damage to the shoulder from excessive motion.


Physical Therapy as a Treatment for Erb’s Palsy

Daily physical therapy, involving passive range-of-motion exercises can begin when an infant is three weeks old and are an important preventative measure against contracture, a condition where the joints become permanently stiff.  Typcially treatments are continued until three months of age, at which point the patient would be evaluated for effectiveness of the treatments.  Physical therapy treatment may include:

  • ● range of motion exercises which engage the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand
  • ● gentle massage around the shoulder for infants with non-severe Erb’s palsy.
  • ● stretching exercises
  • ● play exercises involving reaching and sensation

Surgery as an Erb’s Palsy Treatment

Surgery may be necessary when improvements are not evident after the first 3-6 months.  Surgical treatment for Erb’s palsy involves evaluating the severity of the nerve damage to determine an appropriate reconstructive treatment plan.  Further surgeries may include nerve grafting, nerve transfer, neurolysis to remove scar tissue, and tendon or muscle reconstructive surgery.

Why Pursue a Birth-Injury Medical Malpractice Claim?

Erb’s Palsy is the result of a brachial plexus injury that occurs during the birthing process, typically because of a difficult or complicated birth that involved the infant to be pulled or twisted.  The prognosis for a child with Erb’s Palsy will depend on the severity of the nerve damage, and may include little to no assistance or extensive future medical treatment.  This often puts puts extreme financial stress on families.  If it can be shown that the medical staff did not act appropriately when a potential problem was present, or if it can be shown that they did not act in a manner that is consistent with established medical practices, they may be held responsible for medical malpractice.

Many people also pursue medical malpractice claims in an effort to ensure that the negligence is not repeated.  By raising awareness and forcing the negligent healthcare provider to correct the problem, you may be able to help another family from experiencing the same event.

Don’t Miss Your Filing Deadline!

Time is of the essence when pursuing a medical malpractice claim. Indiana law imposes strict deadlines (also called “statutes of limitations”) in medical malpractice cases that will forever bar the claim if it is not filed in a timely manner. The law relating to the deadline can be exceedingly complex; therefore, one should not delay in consulting a qualified medical malpractice attorney to determine the applicable statute of limitations and review the case.

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