Erb’s palsy, also known as Erb-Duchenne palsy, is a loss of movement or weakness in the arm that occurs when the collection of nerves around the shoulder – known as the brachial plexus – are damaged. This sort of damage most commonly occurs from shoulder dystocia during labor, which can occur if a child’s head and neck are pulled to the side at the same time as the shoulder passes through the birth canal. Pulling on a child’s shoulders or exerting pressure on its arms during delivery can also cause shoulder dystocia.
Paralysis in the affected arm can be partial or complete. In some cases, the injury heals on its own. In other cases, surgery and physical therapy may result in a child regaining muscle usage. Unfortunately, many children who do not heal from these injuries by one year of age will never recover full range of motion in their arm and may develop arthritis.
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