Children's Hospital Colorado
Orthopedics Institute
Orthopedics Institute

Brachial Plexus Center

The Brachial Plexus Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado, specializes in caring for children with an injury involving the nerves that travel from the spine to the shoulder and arm, also known as the brachial plexus. The pediatric experts at Children’s Colorado treat infants with brachial plexus birth palsy and other types of brachial plexus conditions, such as traumatic injuries, which can occur later in a child’s life.

An illustration of a baby that shows the brain with nerves connecting the brain and arm muscles. It lists the symptoms of brachial plexus palsy as weakness in the arm or hand, arm held against body and elbow straight, tightness and decrease in feeling in the shoulder, arm or hand.

At Children’s Colorado, treatment begins as soon as the child is diagnosed, and care continues through childhood and into adulthood. We provide patients with pediatric experts, comprehensive care, a multidisciplinary team and insights from leading research. Our team also helps your family navigate the health care system and advocate for your child.

The Brachial Plexus Center is affiliated with the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s brachial plexus care?

A collaborative team of specialists

The multidisciplinary team includes specialists from multiple departments who work together to treat your child. This team approach creates an environment where specialists are in constant collaboration.

The care team includes:

  • Dr. Sarah Sibbel, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon specializing in the hand and upper extremity (wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder). Dr. Sibbel has completed two fellowships in this area, which have provided her extra training and expertise in treating children with these conditions.
  • Dr. Anne Stratton, a pediatric rehabilitation physician, evaluates the child's development, functional abilities and muscle tone. She then works with the occupational therapist and surgeon to create the best therapy and surgical plan to optimize the child's function.
  • An occupational therapist who specializes in hand therapy
  • A social worker who provides access to support services
  • A Hand and Upper Extremity Program nurse who guides families from the initial visit through treatment.

Families visit the hospital in Children’s Colorado’s state of the art multidisciplinary clinic, which allows you to see all of your child’s providers in one comfortable place. As your child grows, their needs are continually re-evaluated based on their life stage, growth and development. This means that the team of specialists working with you and your child may increase or decrease throughout treatment.

Unique treatment plans for every patient

Our multidisciplinary team meets monthly. Your child’s appointment takes about 30 minutes and includes seeing all of the necessary specialists. During the visit, we involve your family in developing a treatment plan that is unique to your child. An after-visit summary with this plan is given to you before leaving the appointment.

Before you leave, our staff assists you with scheduling appointments to implement the treatment plan and coordinate with community resources as needed.

Conditions we treat:

  • Brachial plexus birth palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Traumatic injuries of the brachial plexus
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
A close-up illustration of the nerves connecting the brain and arm muscles. It shows a red crack in one of the nerves where the brachial plexus injury exists. The notation says the nerves can be damaged by pressure, being stretched, torn, or even cut. When there is an injury to the nerve, the brain and the muscles do not talk to each other normally.

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