Erb's Palsy (Brachial Plexus Palsy)
Erb’s palsy is also known as Erb-Duchenne palsy and is the paralysis of the arm. This occurs from the severing of nerves in the neck area between the C5-C6 nerves while compromising the nerves between C5-C8 into T1. The paralysis can be partial or complete.
Erb’s palsy Causes:
The most common cause of Erb’s palsy is shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia happens during a difficult birth when the baby has trouble passing through the pubic symphysis, causing a separation of the nerves. Excessive pulling or an injury following trauma to the head or shoulder area can also cause a separation of the nerves.
Erb’s palsy Symptoms:
- Loss of feeling in the arm
- May appear stiff and crooked
- May appear loose
Erb’s palsy Treatment:
Most Erb’s palsy in babies will recover on their own. Special intervention is rare and might need nerve transfers, sub scapularis release and latissimus dorsi tendon transfers.
Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR) is a non-invasive way to help relieve paralysis in the arm.