What is a Brachial Plexus Injury?

The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that exit the cervical spinal column, travels down the neck and into the arm pit. These nerves are responsible for movement and feeling in most parts of the shoulder, arm and hand.  Injury to this area involves over stretching or in some cases even tearing of these nerves and can happen in several ways, most commonly trauma or during birth. Some research shows that brachial plexus injury can happen in 1.5 of every 1000 live births. This can often occur if assistive tools are used during the delivery or if the baby gets stuck in the birth canal. (Source: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center)
 
Results of this injury can vary based on severity. Symptoms range from tingling or burning sensations, to numbness and weakness or as severe as inability to use muscles and severe pain.

Meet Angel City Sports Athlete Teylor, who does not let her brachial plexus injury stand in her way! “The greatest disability in life is a negative mindset,” says Teylor. “Sometimes things are hard but it doesn’t make you any less capable of doing the things you love!”
 
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