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What Do You Do When a Kentucky Birth Injury Causes Erb's Palsy?

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Erb’s palsy, a form of brachial plexus palsy, can be the result of a Kentucky birth injury and cause a weakness to nerves. This weakness can ultimately impact feeling in a baby’s arm, hand and fingers. Erb’s palsy can even lead to a loss of motion. Shockingly, one or two of every 1,000 babies are born with Erb’s palsy.

Are there any treatment options for Erb’s palsy?

There are two categories of treatment for babies who have developed Erb’s palsy, which include nonsurgical and surgical treatments.

Nonsurgical treatments will generally include daily physical therapy requiring the parents to take an active role. Your doctor or physical therapist will teach you how to perform range of motion exercises with your child. You can expect to have to perform these exercises with your baby at home, as often as possible during the day.

If your baby’s doctor notices no change or improvement from nonsurgical treatments over the first three to six months, surgery may be recommended. It’s important to note that nerve surgery will not restore normal function and can take years for the nerves to recover. However, a successful surgery can potentially improve function.

When your child suffers from Erb’s palsy, you need to know where to turn for help.

If you or someone you know has a child who has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, you should contact one of our experienced Northern Kentucky birth injury attorneys at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.

We will review your case to determine what caused the injury.
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