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Erb’s palsy is an injury that is usually caused during a difficult delivery. It damages the brachial plexus, which is a network of nerves near the neck that control the nerves in the arm. These nerves control the movement of the shoulder, arm, hand, and fingers. Palsy means weakness, and brachial plexus birth palsy causes weakness in the arm and loss of motion.
My son suffered from this injury when he was born. After we got to know about that injury, we were stressed out of our minds and went to different doctors to find a solution. Everyone suggested physiotherapy from the beginning. Doctors taught us how to do the exercises, and we followed their instructions. My son started showing improvement, as he could lift his injured arm. We went to CMC Vellore for a consultation, and we got every check-up done and stayed there for a few days for physiotherapy. We used to go CMC once every two months. By the time he turned nine months old, we had admitted him in a rehabilitation centre in Chennai, where we would take him thrice a week. Eventually, we were happy with the improvement in his health.
Soon, some doctors suggested opting for surgery after looking at the MRI and finding a damaged nerve. It was a very painful moment in my life. The doctors said that there were only 60 to 70% chances of recovery after the surgery, and we decided not to opt for it. I found a new physiotherapist and took our son for a consultation. He told us that there is no need for surgery and that our son will recover without it. I was really happy, and after regular physiotherapy with Dr Jagdeesh, my son has shown a drastic improvement. The therapy is still going on, and we hope for a complete recovery.
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