Brachial Plexus Clinic

El Paso Children’s Hospital and Texas Tech offer the only Multi-specialty pediatric Brachial Plexus Program in Western Texas, Paso Del Norte, New Mexico, Southern Colorado and Arizona. We provide a, team-based, comprehensive approach to care for babies, children, adolescents and young adults with brachial plexus birth injuries and peripheral nerve disorders.

We care for our patients from the time of injury through adulthood, tailoring therapies to assure each patient achieves their highest level of function and independence. This includes the latest techniques in physical therapy, surgery and microsurgery by Fellowship trained, board-certified plastic surgeons, neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons who work as a team depending on your child’s needs

Conditions Treated

  • Brachial Plexus Birth Injury
  • Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Klumpke Palsy
  • Complete Palsy with Flail Arm
  • Horner Syndrome
  • Acute Flaccid Myelitis
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spasticity
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries and Disorders

Our multidisciplinary program
offers families:

  • Observation
  • Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
  • Microsurgical reconstruction (Nerve Grafting, Nerve Transfer)
  • Tendon Transfer (Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand)
  • Osteotomy (Humerus, Forearm)
  • Free Muscle Transfer (Bicep)

Your first visit will include:

A comprehensive evaluation by our multi-specialty team to determine the extent of nerve damage and how it affects your child’s shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand function.

An individualized diagnostic and therapeutic program to help your child improve function of their upper extremity at clinic, in the outpatient setting and assistance to coordinate care in your local town.

Follow Up:

Coordinated monthly follow-up visits to monitor your child’s recovery and ensure they are meeting functional milestones as they grow into young adults, review of therapy progress, postoperative care and preoperative planning.

Your Child’s Treatment and Recovery

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

The majority of children will recover after experiencing a brachial plexus birth injury with minimal long-term effects after undergoing occupational and physical therapy. EPCH offers the latest, research-based therapy in one of the most comprehensive rehabilitation centers in the area.

Use of modalities such as electrical stimulation and/or kinesiotape. Therapists will focus not only on the involved body part, but also the whole body, assessing symmetry, posture and quality of movement, with overall functional mobility. EPCH therapists will also create an individualized home program based on a child’s needs, and provide regular family education at each treatment session.