Brachial plexus injuries are caused by excessive stretching, tearing, or trauma to a network of nerves from the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries often occur secondary to motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries or surgeries. Traumatic BPI causes either complete or incomplete damage to the brachial plexus resulting in loss of function and sensation related to level of damage. The recovery from the injury will depend on the severity, level and type of nerve damage. Pain is a very important side effect of the injury and can sometime be very severe and debilitating.
It can be treated surgically or non-surgically.
There are a growing number of patients with Brachial plexus injury. The awareness about the treatment options available, strategies to cope, counselling on psychological issues related to this is seriously lacking. Hence Dr G Balamurali started a patient support group on 22.09.2017 that bring together people with Brachial Plexus Injury for both surgeries to improve function and pain. This group consists of patients predominantly and also some specialists as advisors. People who have suffered and have undergone treatment support and guide those who develop a new injury. There is an unbiased opinion from patients as the support group grows in number. The aim is to have a peer support group who can not only understand and empathise but also guide to the right place of management at an earlier stage unlike some who had to suffer for decades. This website has details of the patient support group, a telephone number they can contact and ample information about where to seek help.