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Birth injury spotlight: what are symptoms of Erb’s palsy

In general, there are four types of nerve injuries common in birth injuries.
1. A stretch injury that “shocks” but does not tear the nerve. Normally, these heal on their own.
2. A stretch injury that damages some of the nerve fibers may result in scar tissue. This is called “neuroma.” Some, but not total, recovery usually occurs.
3. A stretch injury that causes the nerve to be torn apart. This will not heal on its own.
4. An “avulsion.” This happens when the nerve is torn from the spinal cord. It may be possible to restore some function by using a nerve from another muscle as a donor.
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