Parsonage Turner Syndrome

If you are interested in learning about nerve-related health problems, you should consider reading about a condition called Parsonage Turner Syndrome. Parsonage Turner Syndrome is also known commonly by the names of "brachial plexopathy" and "brachial plexitis"). The condition is characterized by pain or reduced sensation and movement in the shoulder and arm. These symptoms result due to nerve problems.

Cause – In some situations, bodies can react to bodily stress by inflammation of the arm or neck nerves. The exact reason for this inflammation is not entirely understood by researchers yet. The painful inflammation greatly restricts arm use. When the painful feelings gradually resolve, numbness and paralysis appear. Varying degrees of paralysis are possible with Parsonage Turner Syndrome, with extreme cases resulting in full paralysis of the arms.

Time Frame – For the paralysis to go away, it can take months or in some cases over a year. It is possible for some people to never fully cover, and to remain partially paralyzed in the arm.

Symptoms – Some common symptoms that are associated with Parsonage Turner Syndrome include shoulder pain, numbness of the hands, arms and shoulder, weakness of the wrist, hand, arm and shoulder and pain, burning and tingling sensations.

Treatment – Towards the beginning of Parsonage Turner Syndrome treatment, the main priority is managing pain. As the acute pain, for the most part, subsides, the primary focus turns to progressive and gentle physical therapy. This therapy encourages range of motion for recovery. In many situations, progressive resistance training in therapy can assist people in returning fully back to normal. Although surgical procedures are uncommon, some people undergo nerve transfers or neurolysis.

Nerves – Parsonage Turner Syndrome generally affects the brachial plexus' lower motor neurons. The brachial plexus is responsible for conducting signals from the hand, arm and shoulder.

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