Brachial plexus injuries are a type of nerve injury that occurs in the arm and shoulder. It is commonly seen in infants during birth and can result in limited mobility and function of the affected arm. Pediatric physiotherapy can be an important tool in helping children with brachial plexus injuries improve their motor function and overall quality of life. In this blog post, we will explore how pediatric physiotherapy can help children with brachial plexus injuries.
Understanding Brachial Plexus Injuries
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that extends from the spinal cord and controls movement and sensation in the arm and shoulder. Brachial plexus injuries occur when these nerves are stretched or torn, usually during childbirth or a traumatic injury. The severity of the injury can vary, from mild to severe, and can affect the function of the arm and hand.
Symptoms of brachial plexus injuries can include:
Limited range of motion in the affected arm
Weakness or paralysis in the arm and hand
Numbness or tingling in the affected arm
How Pediatric Physiotherapy Can Help
Pediatric physiotherapy can be an important tool in helping children with brachial plexus injuries improve their motor function and overall quality of life. Here are some of the ways in which pediatric physiotherapy can help:
Stretching Exercises: Pediatric physiotherapists can teach parents stretching exercises to do with their child to help improve range of motion in the affected arm. These exercises can be done at home several times a day.
Strengthening Exercises: Pediatric physiotherapists can also recommend specific strengthening exercises to help improve the function of the affected arm and hand.
Electrical Stimulation: Electrical stimulation can be used to help improve muscle function and prevent muscle atrophy in the affected arm.
Activity Modification: Pediatric physiotherapists can recommend modifications to daily activities to help the child use the affected arm more effectively. This can include modifications to dressing, feeding, and playing.
Splinting: In some cases, a splint may be necessary to help support and stabilize the affected arm. Pediatric physiotherapists can recommend the most appropriate splint for your child's needs and provide training on how to use it.
Why Choose Pediatric Physiotherapy at Absolute Health & Wellness?
At Absolute Health & Wellness, we understand the unique needs of children with brachial plexus injuries and take a personalized approach to care. Our team of highly skilled pediatric physiotherapists has years of experience working with children with this condition. We use a range of techniques, including stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, electrical stimulation, activity modification, and splinting, to help improve range of motion, muscle function, and overall function of the affected arm.
We work closely with parents and healthcare providers to develop individualized treatment plans that address the specific needs of each child. We provide a supportive and compassionate environment where your child can feel comfortable and motivated during their therapy sessions. Our goal is to help your child achieve the highest level of function and independence possible.
Pediatric physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for brachial plexus injuries in children. At Absolute Health & Wellness, we specialize in providing personalized care for children with this condition. Our team of highly skilled pediatric physiotherapists has years of experience working with children with brachial plexus injuries. If you suspect that your child has a brachial plexus injury, contact us to schedule a consultation. Early intervention can lead to better outcomes and improved quality of life for your child.
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About the Author - Dr. Johann de Chickera
Dr. Johann is a fully licensed Naturopathic Doctor. His approach emphasizes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and improving one’s health naturally. Dr. Johann obtained a Doctor of Naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Education at CCNM is a vigorous four years, with a curriculum involving biomedical sciences, physical diagnosis, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, botanical (herbal) medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy and lifestyle management.
While Dr. Johann has a general practice, he focuses on fertility, hormonal imbalances, gut health, and autoimmune disease.
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