Any expectant mother hopes their newborn is born without defect or injury. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Two of the most common injuries in South Carolina are Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy. While these two injuries are similar, they do have their differences.
Both types of palsy are caused by damage to the brachial plexus. This is a bundle of nerves in the neck, near the shoulder. In the case of Erb’s palsy, the nerves that control and give sensation to the shoulder and upper arm are affected. When the lower plexus is affected, it can hinder the movement and sensation in the lower arm and hand, called Klumpke’s palsy. Sometimes these injuries happen at the same time, called a global palsy.