Tell Me a Story: Parents Find Answers for Son’s Brachial Plexus Injury

Tell Me a Story: Parents Find Answers for Son’s Brachial Plexus Injury


“Hi I’m Suzie Tieber, I’m Chase Tieber’s mom.” “Hi I’m Steve Tieber, I’m Chase Tieber’s father.” “Chase has Erb’s palsy. Its the result of a Brachial Plexus injury.” “When Chase was born his shoulders were
stuck” “in the birth canal, and the doctor
had to” “pull Chase out as quick as possible
because his air was also cut off.” “The whole process took 45 seconds, and
I” “still remember this day. I still remember the doctors saying” “his shoulders were stuck. When we realized
how severe his injury was,” “I mean, his arm didn’t move, it didn’t function,
and that’s why we sent him to Children’s” “because we found out they had a Brachial Plexus clinic, one of only a few” “hospitals in the country that actually
had a clinic specializing in this injury. “Having an has been thinking
about, you know, wanting to get him a son and” “give him,” “you know, someone maybe he could throw around a football with. I mean that,” “I think, was the first thing I was thinking. You know, oh my gosh what kind of” “relationship, like what can they do together? You know,” “in my mind he was just never gonna have
an arm that worked. he had surgery when he” “was four months old.” “They took and grafted his sural nerves from his legs, then they” “implanted those nerves into his neck,” “and then it was basically a wait and see” “for almost a year until the nerves would
have time to” “regenerate into repair and for the signal to travel from his neck” “to his arm.” “You know, it’s funny.
Immediately” “you find out that your child has an
injury you go from” “the parent, the woe-is-me factor, oh my god,” “you know, what am I gonna go through with
my child? My child’s not going to be normal.” “My child is not going to be” “the same as other kids. All about a
million things got your head about, you” “know, how cruel kids can be,” “and how he’s going to be different. You
want you child to be as normal as possible,” “to fit in as best as possible. And we went through that” “probably right up until our first time
walking into Children’s. The moment we walked into” “Children’s we were here for about 15 minutes,” “and you take a quick look around and you realize how fortunate you are” “because things could be worse.” “It could be so much worse. What we’ve learned” “is never take anything for granted with
your children.” “Seek out the answers. You have to be an
educated parent,” “you have to learn quickly to answer the
questions, and you have to seek out the best” “medical treatment for your child.” I can tell you without question that Chase is going to live a normal life and he’ll be able to do” “whatever he wants with his arms.”

Brachial Plexus Injury: Range of Motion Exercises

Brachial Plexus Injury: Range of Motion Exercises


Starting with shoulder flexion, you want to
hold at the wrist and the upper arm, kind of supporting that backbone in place, and you want to stretch it all the way up and all the way down. All the way up to the ear, and all the way
down. And then out to the side the same way, into shoulder abduction, holding that backbone in place. And stretching into shoulder abduction, and then shoulder external rotation — –is the big, big one we want to do every single time we get our diaper changed. So this is the one that most easily becomes tight as babies move and grow. Then we want to move to elbow flexion, which is rotating that forearm so the palm is up and then stretching it up…and down. All
the way straight. Up, and all the way straight. And then the wrist is up and down. Up being the most important, and then we want to open up that hand and the thumb and all those fingers, and stretch way high with the wrist extended at the same time. And you’re not going to do anything that’s going to cause additional harm to your child with stretching or with movement. Treat him or her just like any other little one.