What is Erb's Palsy?

Erb's palsy is an injury that occurs when the nerves in a child's upper arm are damaged.  It affects one or two of every 1,000 babies.  The injury usually occurs as a result of a lesion at Erb's point, the area near the baby's neck where the fifth and sixth cranial nerves merge to creat the upper point of the brachial plexus.  Children with this condition, usually, cannot move the affected shoulder or upper arm.

The Different Types of Erb's Palsy

  • Neuropraxia - the most common type of neural injury.  Occurs when a nerve is stretched but does not tear.  Typically heals on their own within three months.
  • Neuroma - a more serious stretch that damages some of the nerve fibres.  Neuroma can cause scar tissue to form as it heals.  This presses on the remaining healthy nerve and causes discomfort.  Long term recovery from neuroma is usually only partial.
  • Rupture - an injury occurs when the nerve is torn - requires surgery.
  • Avulsions - the most severe type of nerve injury.  Occurs when the nerve is torn from the spinal cord.

How Can Brainwave Help?

At Brainwave we see children with all types of Erb's palsy.  As the therapists at our three centres see children from all over the country, and overseas, they have the knowledge and experience to help you and your child.

  • Our qualified therapists have the time to explain your child's condition and their presenting problems.
  • We have the time to fully assess your child through play and work around your daily routine.
  • Your child's assessment and therapy programme shall be tailored to their individual needs and your daily routine as a family.
  • We are your advocate and are always here for support and ongoing care.
  • We provide in depth therapy reports that can be sent to your NHS or private medical professionals, as we believe that working together maximises your child's outcomes and quality of care.

    To find out more about how we can help your child please click here to contact us.