Brachial plexus injury-BPI (Obstetrical Palsy)

Brachial plexus injury-BPI (Obstetrical Palsy)

The brachial plexus is responsible for sensory and movement innervation of the entire upper limb. Lesions of the brachial plexus can lead to severe functional impairment. Obstetrical Palsy is a special type of BPI that occurs during the birthing process and affects all or part of the infant’s arm and hand.

People with BPI or children with Obstetrical Palsy tend to unconsciously avoid use of the affected arm/ hand and progressively learn to compensate using techniques of unilateral hand function during everyday activities. This compensation leads to further functional decrements as the muscles lose more of their strength, being underused. Research studies have shown substantial improvements in quantity and quality of hand movement after application of CIMT in people appearing with “learned non-use” of the affected side. Our therapists’ evaluation will determine whether CIMT might be beneficial for you.