As an expectant Washington mother, you may have heard that you should “expect the unexpected” when raising children, but when it comes to your delivery, itself, you are probably hoping for a smooth, predictable process. Unfortunately, though, some deliveries are far more difficult than others, and in some cases, difficult deliveries can lead to long-term complications. At Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., we understand that difficult deliveries can lead to a number of serious medical conditions, among them Erb’s palsy. We also recognize that this and a number of other conditions caused by tough deliveries can, in some instances, leave you and your child facing a lifetime of hardship.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Erb’s palsy, or brachial plexus birth palsy, as it is also known, is a nerve condition that affects one or two out of every 1,000 babies born. In most cases, it results from a physician stretching an infant’s neck to one side during the delivery process. While the severity of Erb’s palsy can vary, many affected infants will experience immobility to some degree.