Our Center is among the first of its kind to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injury and treatment as well as education and research. Combining the medical expertise of specialists and researchers in the fields of orthopedics, physiatry, neurology, radiology, psychiatry, rheumatology, pain management, social work, physical therapy and anesthesiology, the Center is leading the way in diagnosis and treatment of these devastating conditions while providing patients with the best and most up-to-the minute medical care.
We recognize that brachial plexus injuries affect patients' lives in more than just a physical way. Our Center social worker meets with patients to provide emotional support as well as education about the commonly experienced impacts on one's life following brachial plexus injury. Examples might include changes in outlook on life, self-esteem, and interactions with others. As research has shown that mood impacts recovery, our aim is to provide a holistic perspective to best support your healing. In addition to providing emotional support and education, our social worker can provide referrals to helpful resources in your community.
Our Center surgeons and scientists collaborate to develop a basic science research program as a means to better understand and modulate peripheral nerve regeneration. Researchers are focusing on new ways and techniques to treat injuries to the brachial plexus and peripheral nerve. In the Motion Analysis Laboratory, we refine novel means to measure functional recovery and measure three-dimensional extremity motion.
Our clinical registries will incorporate a universal outcomes tool for the upper extremity that is in development at Hospital for Special Surgery. Investigational research on nerve imaging could potentially augment the diagnostic potential of clinicians. The synergy of a multispecialty team will establish an efficient model for cultivating innovative ideas and concepts and bring them from bench to bedside.