So … it’s been awhile. 12 months ago (1st March 2015) I was enjoying a long weekend away with my husband and some friends in Donnybrook, Western Australia. It’s inland from Bunbury. We rode all around the countryside, had an awesome lunch at a pub in Nannup, then headed for Bridgetown. I wasn’t a very experienced rider. I’d been riding an automatic 150cc scooter for 12 months or so and wanted to ride normal bikes with a goal of having my own Harley. My husband’s mate taught m
Experimenting for the next week with this little item. Let’s see if it helps stimulate my newly working muscles to get stronger! I’ll post a review in a week. This is a TENS and EMS machine. I”m using the EMS program on my bicep and anterior deltoid. The TENS function is believed to provide pain relief. #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #erbspalsy #nerveinjury #nerves #muscles #birthinjury #nervetransfer #disability #motorcycleaccident #trau
RAISING AWARENESS IN AUSTRALIA FOR BRACHIAL PLEXUS AND ERB’S PALSY INJURIES Did you know … The reported incidence of birth related brachial plexus injuries can vary from 2-5 of 1000 births. Out of these around 80% or more resolve themselves. The rest will go through multi-discipline treatments, including OT and PT therapies, nerve and tendon transfer surgeries and other treatments. Besides the birth injury, other causes of brachial plexus injuries include car, motorcycle, spo
So my surgery is coming up this Saturday 4th of July. I wanted to share the details of the nerves being transferred from and to, as well as info on the damage I have. My surgeon, Dr Alex O’Beirne (Perth, Australia) will splice about 25% of each of the following nerves and join them onto the other nerves as close to the muscles as possible to allow the shortest recovery time possible. Amazing stuff! This is what I’m having transferred - 1. I have no power to rotate my arm at t
So I’ve had my pre-operation checkup, another nerve conduction study, and now my surgeon has booked me in for the surgery. The operation will take 4-6 hours.My surgeon, Alex O’Beirne, is going to do 4 nerve transfers in my arm. This will hopefully allow me to lift up my arm, rotate my arm in and out, bend up my elbow, and turn my lower arm (roll it in and out) . I’m having the surgery on the 4th of July at St John of God Private Hospital in Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia.
Well its all happening. You’ll be able to call me Frankenstein soon. I saw my surgeon, Dr Alex O'Beirne (Perth, Western Australia) today. He’s the only Brachial Plexus Injury surgeon in Western Australia. I have to have another nerve conduction study on Monday then back to Alex on Tuesday. Then surgery will be scheduled. Eeek! 4 nerve transfers. I didn’t think I’d be scared. But I am ! #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #erbspalsy #nerveinju
Well, I managed to hold a pen and write with my bad hand. Thought I’d give it a try. I just shuffled my right wrist along with my left hand. My fingers managed to hold onto the pen and could make the tiny movements to shape the letters! Not bad considering I can’t move my shoulder or elbow and have hardly any feeling in my fingers! I have to get my radial nerve strong so the surgeon can tap into it to share with my elbow and shoulder. #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #br
Well, I’ve taken it upon myself to establish some information and support in Australia for people with brachial plexus injuries as there is none! I’ve started a Facebook page to post info, and a Facebook group for people to join, chat and get support from locals. Now to get some suppliers, surgeons, therapists and patients on board! Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/brachialplexusaustralia
Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/brachialplexusinjuryaust
It’s not quite a robo arm, but this sling is great for those suffering from shoulder subluxation due to brachial plexus injuries! The PATENTED* GivMohr sling is a LATEX FREE positioning device for the flaccid upper extremity. Target populations include individuals who are ambulatory or potentially ambulatory. GivMohr Sling Website #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #erbspalsy #nerveinjury #nerves #muscles #birthinjury #nervetransfer #disabili
Check out the MyoPro. Myomo is the developer of the MyoPro® myoelectric upper limb orthosis. The MyoPro is a rigid brace used for the purpose of supporting a patient's weak or deformed arm to enable functional activities that is available only on a physician's order. Myomo - MyoPro #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #erbspalsy #nerveinjury #nerves #muscles #birthinjury #nervetransfer #disability #motorcycleaccident #traumaticinjury #brachialg
The term Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI) refers to an injury to the complex set of nerves that control the muscles of the fingers, hand, arm, and shoulder. The nerves originate at the spinal cord and are formed in 3 trunks located in the upper shoulder: the upper trunk from spinal cord segments C5 and C6, the middle trunk from segment C7, and the lower trunk from segments C8 and T1. Other Terms for BPI. Terms used to describe a BPI include Erb’s Palsy (an upper trunk injury), Kl
According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine website - Brachial plexus injuries are categorized according to the type of trauma experienced by the nerve. The following are the types of brachial plexus injuries: Avulsion – this means the nerve has been pulled out from the spinal cord and has no chance to recover. Rupture – this means the nerve has been stretched and at least partially torn, but not at the spinal cord. Neurapraxia – this means the nerve has been gently stretched or
I've set up a Facebook page for Brachial plexus Australia. Providing information to people in Australia who suffer from BPI - Brachial Plexus Injury Brachial Plexus Australia on Facebook #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #erbspalsy #nerveinjury #nerves #muscles #birthinjury #nervetransfer #disability #motorcycleaccident #traumaticinjury #brachialgirl #blog #medicine #surgery #nervesurgery #nervegraft #muscletransfer #paralysis #diagnosis #fa
I've started a new Facebook group connecting people in Australia who suffer from brachial plexus injury - here's a link. Brachial Plexus Australia - Facebook Group #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #erbspalsy #nerveinjury #nerves #muscles #birthinjury #nervetransfer #disability #motorcycleaccident #traumaticinjury #brachialgirl #blog #medicine #surgery #nervesurgery #nervegraft #muscletransfer #paralysis #hospital #avulsionnerveroot #C5 #C6
I thought I’d do a little plug for my surgeon, Dr Alex O’Beirne - Specialist Surgeon for Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder Surgery, Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. (Perth, Australia) He consults at St John of God Hospital (Subiaco and Murdoch) and runs clinics at Royal Perth Hospital. I feel very confident being under his care. My next check up is this coming Tuesday. I wonder if he will book my surgery. I’m pretty sure I’m almost at my time limit - 3.5 months si
Well after being stuffed around by the public health system I have switched to private. I have private health cover, but ongoing care and operations are still expensive. My first visit to see my surgeon at Perth Royal Hospital in April was a mess. When I arrived at reception I was told they had never heard of me even though my file had been sent to them along with an appointment request. My surgeon had told me the day and time of the clinic so I knew I was right. They said th
I found this amusing image depicting the brachial plexus nerves. A favourite of medicine students around the world. #brachialplexus #brachialplexusinjury #brachialplexusinjuryaustralia #erbspalsy #nerveinjury #nerves #muscles #birthinjury #nervetransfer #brachialgirl #surgery #nervesurgery #nervegraft #muscletransfer #paralysis #diagnosis #avulsionnerveroot #C5 #C6 #C7 #C8 #T1
Any return of function takes many months, as the nerves need to grow down from the repair site to the muscles, and this happens at less than a millimetre a day.
This period of waiting can be frustrating for the patient. During this time attempts to actively exercise the arm muscles are unproductive, but physiotherapy to maintain the range of motion of the joints is very important.
When the repaired nerve reaches the muscle and the muscle starts to contract the muscle can
The aim of the surgery is to reconnect the muscles that have lost input from their nerves. In some cases, the nerves can be repaired, either directly with sutures between the nerve ends, or much more commonly with a nerve graft, which is a strip of nerve which is taken from the leg and placed between the two ends of the nerve.
In other cases the nerve had actually been pulled out of the spinal cord (avulsed) and in these cases the nerve cannot be repaired. Injuries like the