Treatment Options for Erb’s Palsy
Let’s say your child develops Erb’s Palsy after a nurse picks them up by their arms, negligently damaging the brachial plexus nerve. It is important to seek treatment quickly! Treatment is most successful when started shortly after birth for Erb’s Palsy, as with any other brachial plexus injury. If treated, there are typically no long-term residual effects after the nerves have healed. However, if left untreated, your child may suffer life-long effects of the injury, including total paralysis of the arm and shoulder and permanent weakness in the injured arm. In most cases, the treatment for Erb’s Palsy is daily physical therapy, focusing on maintaining the range of motion in the affected joints. However, if there is no improvement after the first 3 – 6 months, surgery might be required.
Treatment Options for Cerebral Palsy
The options available to treat CP vary widely based on the severity of the CP diagnosis and type. For the most severe cases, surgery might be the only path. However, for mild and medium-severity cases, a combination of therapies, assistive and orthotic devices, and medication can treat most of the injury symptoms.