Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s Palsy is a condition usually caused by birth trauma, affecting the brachial plexus nerves in a newborn’s shoulder and arm. It can result in limited movement and muscle weakness. Physical therapy and, in some cases, surgery can help improve functionality. Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial for optimal outcomes. Supportive care and medical attention play vital roles in a child’s Erb’s Palsy management.


What is Erb's Palsy?

Erb’s Palsy is a condition caused by nerve injury during birth, leading to weakness or paralysis in the arm and shoulder.

What are the symptoms of Erb's Palsy?

Symptoms include limited arm movement, muscle weakness, loss of sensation, and a “waiter’s tip” arm position.

Can Erb's Palsy be treated?

Yes, treatment includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, and sometimes surgery to improve range of motion and strength.

What causes Erb's Palsy?

It is often caused by excessive force during childbirth, which damages the brachial plexus nerves that control arm and shoulder movement.

How is Erb's Palsy diagnosed?

Doctors assess medical history, physical examinations, and possibly use imaging tests to diagnose the extent of nerve damage.

Is Erb's Palsy permanent?

With proper treatment, many children recover significantly. However, in severe cases, permanent effects on arm function may remain. Early intervention is essential.

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