Brachial Neuritis is an inflammation of one the nerves in the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that runs from the spinal cord down to the shoulder, arm and hand. Brachial neuritis usually only affects one side of the body, but it can also affect other nerves and other parts of the body.
There are two forms of brachial neuritis:
1. Acute Brachial Neuritis: This form of brachial neuritis is idiopathic (occurs spontaneously). It’s likely to have severe pain in the shoulder, arm, and hand; followed by a feeling of weakness and numbness.
2. Brachial Plexus Injury: The nerves of the brachial plexus have pain or loss of function from a previous injury to the neck or shoulder. For example, babies can injure their brachial plexus during labor when passing through the birth canal.
Symptoms of Brachial Neuritis Include:
- Severe pain in upper arm and/or shoulder
- Pain on one side of the body
- Lack of muscle control in affected arm or shoulder
- Decrease sensation in affected arm or shoulder
- Weakness and/or numbness following pain in the shoulder
Many occurrences of brachial neuritis tend to subside on their own after a few months, until then take prescribed medication given to you from your doctor. Avoid alcohol and smoking cigarettes; eat a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise can assist with the aide of brachial neuritis. Working with a physical therapist to maintain full range of motion, and keep the muscles of the shoulder and rotator cuff strong can help improve this condition.
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