Erbs or Brachial Plexus Palsy has an occurrence rate in the USA of approximately 3 live births per 1,000. This condition is most commonly caused at birth by an injury to a network of inter-joining nerves in the head, neck, and shoulders. Erbs Palsy often occurs in larger children (due to their difficulty passing the mother's pubic bone) when excessive pressure is put on a child's head, neck, or shoulder during delivery.
Symptoms of Erbs or Brachial Plexus Palsy include: complete or partial paralysis or limpness in a child's arm, limited or no movement in a hand and/or fingers, or loss of feeling in the hands and/or fingers.
Treatment exists for children with these conditions and includes immobilization of the arm, physical therapy and in the more severe cases, surgery.
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