Brachial plexus injuries can make it difficult to use your arms or hands. Allegheny Health Network (AHN) is one of a few programs in western Pennsylvania capable of treating nerve damage from these life-changing injuries.
AHN specialists perform innovative surgical procedures that can restore more normal functioning, so you can move forward with your life.
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves running from your neck to your armpit, controlling the feeling and movement in your arms and hands.
Brachial plexus nerve injuries can occur when the arm is pulled or stretched with great force or when the nerves are cut or torn. Minor brachial plexus injuries may occur during contact sports, where they’re often referred to as “stingers.” This feels like a burning sensation or an electric shock running down your arm. They usually also lead to numbness or weakness. These symptoms usually only last for a few minutes, but for some people the symptoms last for days or longer.
AHN’s Center for Brachial Plexus Injuries is home to some of the country’s leading upper extremity surgeons. We performed the region’s first nerve transfer procedure to repair sev