Services & Specialties
Brachial Plexus

Experts in Diagnosis and Treatment

The Brachial Plexus Center at Cincinnati Children's offers a team approach in diagnosing and treating children with brachial plexus injuries occurring within the complex network of nerves that make up the brachial plexus.

The specialists on the Brachial Plexus team experts from orthopaedic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, occupational therapy and rehabilitation work together to coordinate your child's treatment plan, leading to less time spent seeking services through multiple providers.

About the Brachial Plexus Center

Advanced Treatments Restore, Improve Function

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that conducts signals from the spinal cord and controls movement and feeling in the shoulder, arm and hand. Brachial plexus injuries are caused by damage to those nerves. Injuries can occur in many ways – from auto accidents, falls, sports injuries, or related to the birthing process.

Combined Expertise

Our Brachial Plexus Center is one of only a few in the country to offer a team approach to diagnosing and treating children with brachial plexus injuries. We have specialists in orthopaedic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, occupational therapy and rehabilitation, all working together to help your child.  We coordinate your child’s care, so you spend less time seeking services through multiple providers.

Our comprehensive program includes:

  • Interdisciplinary evaluation of children with brachial plexus injuries. 
  • Individualized treatment plan and therapy education. 
  • Family education.
  • Regular communication with local healthcare providers. 
  • One point of contact for families. 

Best Practices, Best Outcomes

The treatment we provide to your child is based on the best scientific information and medical practices available. Treatment will depend on the extent of your child’s injury, and might include both non-surgical and surgical options. 

The Brachial Plexus team is actively involved in basic and clinical research. Our basic science research focuses on muscle growth and preserving muscle tissue. Our clinical studies examine surgical and treatment outcomes for children with brachial plexus injuries. We are also involved in several multi-center studies in collaboration with colleagues at other pediatric centers.

We are committed to improving the quality of life for every child in our care. In our surveys of patients and families, we receive a 97 percent satisfaction rating.

We treat patients from across the country and around the world: 33 states and 5 countries.

Brachial Plexus Program Statistics

As of July 1, 2023, the Brachial Plexus team has provided care as follows:

* 2,076 Patients
* 8,993 Patient Clinic Visits


* 1,298 Total procedures
* 412 Shoulder surgeries
* 324 Nerve surgeries
* 242 Botox procedures
* 151 Thoracic Outlet surgeries
* 60 Elbow / forearm surgeries
* 59 Wrist surgeries
* 17 Hand surgeries
* 38 Other surgeries