The brachial plexus is a cluster of nerves running from the spine down the arm and hand. These nerves control the motion and feeling in your arms, wrists and hands. These nerves are important in everyday tasks in life.
Injuries to the brachial plexus can occur at birth and as a result of trauma. Traumatic injuries are often the result of motorcycle and automobile accidents. Brachial plexus injuries can be minor or severe. Stingers and burners are minor injuries to the brachial plexus that often occur in contact sports. These minor injuries typically resolve without surgery. Severe injuries can lead to permanent deficit of function and sensation.