Brachial Plexus Clinic Offers Complete Services
"One of the most important messages for patients with brachial plexus and other peripheral nerve injuries is that there is treatment and hope for a better life," says Amgad Hanna, MD, a UW Health neurosurgeon and assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
The first step is to get an evaluation as soon as possible: within the first three to four months is recommended to have the best chance to significantly help with movement, range of motion and overall recovery.
A critical benefit of UW Health's Brachial Plexus Clinic is the multidisciplinary approach used for evaluation purposes and treatment program development. This collaboration is essential to creating a step-by-step plan that first enables damaged nerves to regenerate as well as possible. Other services and solutions are then customized to each patient's individual situation.
The brachial plexus care team includes neurosurgery, neuroradiology, orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation medicine, plastic surgery, anesthesiology, occupational and physical therapy, specialty nursing and behavioral psychology. While the Brachial Plexus Clinic is focused on adults, more expansive peripheral nerve services are also offered at UW Health for infants and children.
The nerve traumas and conditions handled by the clinic include brachial plexus, nerve entrapments, brachial plexus palsy/Erb's palsy, Parsonage Turner Syndrome and nerve tumors including neurofibromatosis. While surgery may be the answer for some, other treatments offered by UW Health range from biofeedback to neuromuscular retraining to hand and upper extremity therapy, all with a background of patient and family education. The emotional side of recovery is emphasized as well to maximize functionality in the real world.
"We are fortunate to have a full range of diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services available for patients," said Karen Blaschke, occupational therapist and certified hand therapist in advanced rehabilitation at the UW Health Hand Clinic.
Brachial plexus and other peripheral nerve issues can be complex conditions to diagnose and treat. The UW Health multidisciplinary approach brings together critical resources to maximize improvement.
For referrals and consultations, call the UW Health Access Center at (800) 472-0211.