Erb's Palsy is also known as brachial plexus birth palsy, a condition that may occur if an infant's neck is stretched during the childbirth process. Palsy is a weakness, and in the case of Erb's Palsy, a weakness in the upper arm can occur due to nerve damage. A loss of motion may also occur in this condition, which can be be treated in some cases. With parental involvement, some children can recover nearly all motion in an affected arms. However, a Pennsylvania parent faced with a serious instance of Erb's Palsy in a child may wonder about issues such as how the condition occurs and the implications if a child does not recover mobility.
Statistics indicate that this type of birth injury occurs one to two times in every 1,000 births. The severity of the injury affects the options for treatment and recovery. In the least severe cases, the nerve may be stretched but not torn. Such injuries typically heal within three months of occurrence and are referred to as neurapraxia. In neuroma, a more serious stretch injury, some scar tissue may occur, resulting in most but not all movement and feeling being recovered.