Elbow flexion contracture related to brachial plexus birth injury

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An elbow flexion contracture can happen as a result of a brachial plexus injury at birth. Find out what causes this contracture and what the different treatment options are.

Key points

  • An elbow flexion contracture can occur as a result of a brachial plexus birth injury.
  • There are three treatment options for an elbow flexion contracture: watch and wait, stretching program (cast and splint) or elbow release surgery.
  • The type of treatment your child receives will depend on how stiff and bent their elbow is and how comfortable they are with the look and movement in their elbow.
  • A stretching program is a big commitment for children and teens. It is important that your child be involved in the decision-making process for their treatment.
  • Your child must try a stretching program before their doctor will consider elbow release surgery.
Last updated: December 17th 2020