When surgery and therapy are not enough — MyoPro for Brachial Plexus Injuries

Andrew in the kitchen with his MyoPro

Imagine life without one of your arms. Simple tasks can become big challenges.

Even sitting down to relax can be dangerous.

Sadly, for those with severe Brachial Plexus injuries, this scenario is common.

The Brachial Plexus are the nerves that send signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm, and hands. It controls many tasks of daily living like grooming, cooking, and driving.

Injuries to the brachial plexus are frequently caused by trauma, such as contact sports (like football), auto accidents, or simple slips and falls. When a shoulder is dislocated, there is traction on the Brachial Plexus and nerve signal traffic can be interrupted.

Some with Brachial Plexus injuries (BPI) may not be able to move certain muscles in their arms. In extreme cases, the arm might be paralyzed completely. Regaining movement involves treatment from neurologists, orthopedists, and sometimes surgery — followed by lots of physical therapy.

Even after all this, it can take one to three years before any function is restored. For patients eager to regain their independence and return to work, this can feel like forever.

But for qualified patients, the MyoPro device may restore motion to paralyzed or weakened arms. This game-changing device offers patients hope and results, where there might have only been frustration.

Consider Andrew… After a 2008 motorcycle accident, he had surgery to repair damaged nerves and muscles in his arms. The surgery was not fully successful, and his left arm remained paralyzed.

He began training with the MyoPro during his physical therapy.. Instantly, he was able to move his left arm while wearing the device. He described the feeling of first donning the MyoPro as “Christmas in June”.

After just 12 months with the device, he could perform many tasks of daily living, such as cooking and cleaning, opening doors, and driving. He has even returned to work and started a business!

MyoPro uses the wearer’s own nerve signals to instruct the device to move and restore motion to the paralyzed limb. This yields a sense of empowerment and lets the individual use the device over a long period of time, at home, at work and wherever the wearer engages in activities of daily living.

Does Andrew’s story sound familiar?

If you or a loved one has a Brachial Plexus injury that has not responded to other types of treatment, please contact us to get evaluated for a MyoPro device. You can also check out this video or our Brachial Plexus resource center to learn more about BPI and MyoPro.

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