In addition to Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, brachial neuritis is an extremely common neurological injury that can result from vaccine administrations. Also called brachial neuropathy, the symptoms may begin immediately after vaccination or take a few days to arise.
Brachial neuritis is an inflammation of the nerves of the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a nerve system that runs throughout the neck, armpit, and arms. The inflammation results in constant and intense shoulder pain. In addition, brachial neuritis usually causes numbness and weakness of the arm and shoulder due to the nerves being damaged.
Brachial neuritis is also commonly referred to as brachial neuropathy, brachial plexopathy or most commonly, Parsonage Turner Syndrome. In the United States, approximately 1.5 people per 100,000 suffer from brachial neuritis.
Brachial neuritis can be caused by:
When a patient is examined by their physician with brachial neuritis symptoms, the first step is usually an x-ray to rule out injury to the bone structure of the shoulder. The next step is usually an EMG to test for a neurological injury. MRIs may be performed as well. The EMG and MRI together with a physical examination will usually be enough for a doctor to diagnose the injury.
Brachial neuritis is usually treated with pain relievers and steroids. People who suffer from any shoulder injury are at risk for developing adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder. Therefore, the patient is usually advised to continue moving the arm. The doctor may also prescribe physical therapy.
Brachial neuritis is a debilitating injury that can worsen over time if not treated correctly. If you or someone you know suffers from brachial neuropathy caused by a vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contact our vaccine injury law firm for a free consultation. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you.