Depending upon the severity of the nerve injury at birth, there may be two possible treatments for Erb's palsy - surgical and non-surgical treatment options.
Physical therapy is the non-surgical treatment option that may help recover the affected arm's movement. When a child does exercises to stretch their limbs and muscles, it will help keep the injured arm limber and in good condition. Physical therapy often requires a parent's involvement because an infant cannot stretch on their own. When physical therapy is done frequently and correctly, a child's range of motion may be increased.
Some children may require surgical treatments, as a doctor may feel that nerve surgery will help restore an injured child's limb. Sometimes, multiple surgeries are necessary to improve the injured arm so that it can start functioning correctly. Sadly, there are times in which surgery will not help or improve the functionality of the affected arm.
Because nerves are slow to heal, recovery can take months and even years. A child will need to continue physical therapy and ongoing medical care, and parents will need the financial support to give their injured child the care that they deserve.
If your child suffered an Ohio or Northern Kentucky birth injury due to negligent doctors, please call an experienced Northern Kentucky medical malpractice attorney at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson for a free birth injury consultation of your case. You can reach us at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to schedule your appointment today.