Obstetric brachial plexus injury (BPI) is an injury to the brachial plexus during the birthing process. Brachial plexus injury occurs in every 2 per 1,000 births (University ofPittsburgh, Neurological Surgery).
The United Brachial Plexus Network website indicates that therapy is important to prevent compensations, improve range of motion, strengthened muscles, and minimize contractors. In addition, occupational therapy is essential to address adaptation and independence in everyday play and self-care activities.
Piller Child Development offers occupational therapy with an expertise in brachial plexus injury and rehabilitation for children. In addition to working closely with the neurosurgeons in the greater Phoenix area, Piller Child Development has a long standing relationship with Dr. Rahul Nath at the Texas Nerve and Paralysis Institute. The majority ofthe therapist at Piller Child Development are part of the Association of Brachial PlexusTherapists.
Occupational therapists have the unique expertise to treat the child as a whole person. They provide rehabilitation for the brachial plexus injury while addressing self-care and play skills in the context of play. Children are never forced to do things that cause pain or discomfort. The therapist follows the lead of the child to provide engaging activities and increase the effectiveness of intervention. In addition, therapist work closely with parents and caregivers to ensure follow through with therapy and answer any questions.