Wellness Journal

Do you have a Brachial Plexus Injury?

What is the brachial plexus?

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that originate in the neck region and branch off to form most of the other nerves that control movement and sensation in the upper limbs, including the shoulder, arm, forearm, and hand. The radial, median, and ulnar nerves originate in the brachial plexus.

Causes of a brachial plexus injury

Brachial plexus injury (BPI) is an umbrella term for a variety of conditions that may impair function of the brachial plexus nerve network. The majority of pediatric and adult brachial plexus injuries are caused by trauma. The most common inciting events may include:

  • High-speed vehicular accidents, especially motorcycle accidents
  • Blunt trauma
  • Stab or gunshot wounds
  • Inflammatory processes (brachial plexitis)
  • Compression (for example caused by a growing tumor)
  • Neuropathies


Brachial Plexus injuries have a common sysmptom of pain under your pec muscle that goes down your arm and gets worse as you stretch your hands back.  You can book an appointment at InMotion Health and Wellness located in Ahwatukee, to see if the bundle of nerves are pinched.

Typically 3-6 Active Release Technique therapy will get rid of your pain.

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