The brachial plexus is a group of nerves around the shoulder. If these nerves are damaged, a loss of movement or weakness of the arm may occur. This injury is called neonatal brachial plexus palsy (NBPP).

Brachial plexus injuries vary in severity and can occur at any age:

  • Some injuries are minor and are common in contact sports such as football. 
  • Babies sometimes develop NBPP during childbirth.
  • The most severe brachial plexus injuries usually result from automobile or ATV accidents.
  • Severe brachial plexus injuries can leave the arm paralyzed, with a loss of function or sensation. Rehabilitation and surgical procedures can help restore function.

Arkansas Children's has the experts to diagnose and repair brachial plexus injuries. We offer:

  • Multidisciplinary teams located within one hospital and all experts in pediatric care
  • Highly specialized medical evaluations
  • Fellowship trained surgeons specializing in the repair of brachial plexus injuries. Mark Tait, M.D. and John Bracey, M.D., traveled abroad to work with several of the world's foremost experts on brachial plexus treatment.
  • Specialized physical and occupational therapy 
For infants with birth-related brachial plexus injury or for older children with new or past injuries, please call the 501-364-4000 to refer a patient to the Orthopedic Department at Arkansas Children’s.

Jameis Simpson of Jacksonville was born with a brachial plexus injury. His parents were faced with going out-of-state for surgery and follow-up until Dr. Tait and Dr. Bracey joined Arkansas Children's Hospital.

With the only two experts in the state for treating brachial plexus injuries, ACH was able to bring specialized Care Close to Home for the Simpson family.