Brachial Plexus Program | Overview

LIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke This

Contact the Brachial Plexus Program

  • 617-355-6021
  • International: +1-617-355-5209
  • Locations

The Orthopedic Center's Brachial Plexus Program is a national and international referral center for children with brachial plexus birth palsy. Our brachial plexus team provides complete care – from early nerve surgery, early therapy, to later reconstructive orthopedic surgery and therapy if needed.

Using a research and innovation driven approach, our team of surgeons, nurses and therapists have cared for thousands of patients with brachial plexus birth palsy. 

What is the brachial plexus?

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves which run from the cervical spinal cord to the muscles of the upper limb. Brachial plexus birth palsy refers to an injury to these nerves sustained during childbirth. The nerves of the brachial plexus may be stretched, compressed, or torn. This may result in loss of muscle function and subsequent paralysis of the upper limb. Injuries may affect all or only a part of the brachial plexus, resulting in varying degrees of upper extremity involvement.

Our specialties:

•   Microsurgical reconstruction
•   Nerve grafts and transfers
•   Tendon transfers
•   Osteotomies
•   Open reduction of the shoulder joint (capsulorraphy)
•   Physical therapy / occupational therapy
•   Brachial plexus research 

In the News

Expert’s Corner: Three tricky hand and upper extremity injuries
Notes - BCH Clinical Health Blog, June 24, 2015

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
For Patients: 617-355-6000
For Referring Providers: 844-BCH-PEDS | 844-224-7337