Brachial Plexus - Aeroplane Splint
The Brachial Plexus is a network of intertwined nerves that control movement and sensation in the arm and hand. A traumatic brachial plexus injury involves sudden damage to these nerves, and may cause weakness, loss of feeling, or loss of movement in the shoulder, arm, or hand. Most traumatic brachial plexus injuries occur when the arm is forcefully pulled or stretched. The above female patient, who is 16 moths old suffers from brachial plexus injury due to birth trauma. Mild brachial plexus injuries may heal without treatment. More severe injuries may require surgery to regain function of the arm or hand. This being the case of mild brachial plexus, the hand and shoulder movement had to be restricted in a very specific manner in order for the nerves and muscles to heal. Saving the child from the traumatizing pain of a surgery. Thus the patient was scanned and a brace was designed specifically for her in order for the body to heal.