New Technology Could Help Guide Brachial Plexus Surgeries, Pt. 2

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Our last post introduced a dynamic new research project that hopes to apply advanced motion analysis technology to a difficult birth injury known as brachial plexus birth palsy (or Erb’s Palsy). This research, currently underway at the University of Delaware, hopes to provide a better look at how individual injuries affect how the victim’s shoulder blade moves inside the body.

Current motion capture technology can do a lot of things – but these researchers say that it is very difficult for it to measure any shoulder blade movement. Instead, this experimental process wants to measure motion by evaluating 11 individual static positions. In other words, it will analyze data from 11 separate shoulder positions to “connect the dots” and create a model of what is going on to move the scapula through each of them. 

The ultimate goal of this research is to create a simulation that can look at an individual brachial plexus injury victim, model his or her unique injury and then predict how a surgical procedure could treat or repair the damage.

This offers a lot of reason for hope and optimism on the part of many Ohio families who are currently facing an Erb’s Palsy diagnosis. However, for many patients, this approach will not come soon enough. Medical and therapy costs pose an enormous obstacle for many Erb’s Palsy victims. An experienced birth injury lawyer can help determine whether a medical mistake is to blame for a child’s injuries – and whether the family is entitled to compensation to help meet these costs.

Source: UDaily, “Marking the spot,” Diane Kukich, Feb. 27, 2013


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