Treating and Diagnosing Erb’s Palsy

Early diagnosis and treatment of Erb’s Palsy is very important following a birth where the baby’s shoulder suffers a brachial plexus injury.

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Treatment during the first years of the baby’s life can have a significant impact on the extent of disability the child will have throughout the rest of their life.

Erb’s Palsy treatment options could include:

  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • hydrotherapy
  • nerve grafts
  • surgery on tendons or muscle releases

Treatment for Erb’s palsy should be sought from a qualified, experienced medical professional specializing in treatment of brachial plexus injuries.

If a child suffered a brachial plexus injury at birth as a result of a medical mistake, financial benefits may be available through a birth injury lawsuit to help the family pay the costs associated with a life-time of Erb’s palsy treatment and care.

▸ Occupational and Physical Therapy Erb’s Palsy Treatment

Range of motion exercises on a daily basis are often recommended to keep the muscles and joints moving normally for children with a brachial plexus injury.  Failure to exercise the muscles in the arm and hand may result in the child’s joints losing flexibility.

Occupational and physical therapy for treatment of a brachial plexus injury will not only involve work with a professional, but an actively involved parent.  Parents will often be told to work with the child several times a day, every day to improve range of motion.  These home exercises usually continue for many years to improve the child’s ability to use the arm.

▸ Nerve Surgery Treatment for Brachial Plexus Injury

A pediatric neurosurgeon may recommend nerve surgery to improve the arm functions for a child with Erb’s Palsy.  Often this surgery is more effective when done earlier in the child’s life.  Some studies have shown that it may not be successful when done after the child is one year old.

▸ Plastic Surgery Treatment for Erb’s Palsy

When nerve surgery is not a viable option, or not successful, plastic surgery may be considered.  During plastic surgery for treatment of Erb’s Palsy, certain muscles and tendons are transferred to improve function of the arm.  Unlike nerve surgery, plastic surgery for children with a birth injury is usually not recommended until the child is older and the muscles are more developed.


The cost of treatment and surgery for erbs palsy can be substantial.  In addition to the medical costs, the families must commit a large amount of resources to help the child recover and minimize the life long limitations on the function of the arm.

In many cases a Brachial Plexus Injury could have been prevented, and a doctor, hospital or nurse’s mistake may be the cause of your child’s Erb’s Palsy shoulder disability.  The expenses of Erb’s Palsy treatment and the limitations caused by this medical mistake, may entitle the child to Brachial Plexus Injury settlement benefits.

>>INFORMATION: Erb’s Palsy Medical Malpractice Lawsuits


The investigation of a legal claim requires an Erb’s palsy lawyer with experience and the resources to successfully obtain a recovery.  There are different deadlines in each state which could bar a child’s right to obtain brachial plexus injury compensation, so time is of the essence.

If you suspect that a medical mistake may have been made at the time of birth, which has caused a Brachial Plexus Injury, request a free consultation and Erb’s Palsy claim evaluation. There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained for the child.