Brachial Plexus Injury
A brachial plexus injury, or lesion, is any damage made to the network of nerves running from the cervical spine (neck) to the top of the thoracic spine (back) into the axilla (armpit) and arms. There a number of reasons this can occur such as trauma, overextension, tumor(s), or inflammation. In rare cases, such as with brachial plexus neuritis, inflammation can occur without a known cause, yet can cause brief but severe pain in the neck and arms, followed by weakness and/or numbness which can take up to a year to heal.
Brachial plexus injuries can heal on their own, though there are treatment options which include splinting, occupational or physical therapy, and, in serious cases, surgery.
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