Brachial Neuritis also known as Parsonage-Turner syndrome is a condition in which the brachial plexus — a network of nerves that runs from the spine, through your neck, into each shoulder, and then down your arms — becomes inflamed and causes severe pain in the shoulder and arms.
It is a rare neurological disorder characterized by severe pain and loss of function in the nerves that carry signals back and forth from the brain and spinal cord to the other parts of the body.
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A person suffering from Brachial Neuritis may experience the following symptoms:
If you feel pain in the chest, shoulder, upper back, and arm, and your healthcare providers suspect that it might be brachial neuritis, they will conduct electromyography or nerve conduction studies to identify the location and extent of nerve damage. The EMG test takes a couple of hours and it might hurt you a little bit.
Based on your medical condition, the doctor may also order an MRI scan, CT scan, or nerve ultrasound to rule out other conditions.
Mild brachial neuritis gets better on its own but in some conditions, medication and physical therapy are required to manage the pain and weakness. However, if muscle paralysis and weakness show no sign of improvement, then surgery is the best option to repair the damaged nerves. The surgical treatments include:
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The Nerve Graft surgery involves taking a healthy nerve from a different part of the body and grafting it onto the damaged nerve region to help regenerate it.
This is a surgical process for Brachial Neuritis which involves taking a tendon from a healthy muscle and transferring it to the affected tendon to help repair and restore its function.