View Full Version : Brachial Plexus - Help!

10-13-2012, 10:32 AM
While doing some heavy shoulder presses on the Smith machine, a heavily used one with a lot of play in it btw, someone bumped one side of the bar horsing around and shifted the focus of the weight to one side while I was pressing up. I felt a little twinge, didn't think too much about it.

Later the area from my neck through my trap and settling in at my rear delt became very tight and sore. I still tried to ignore it and continue on with my normal regimen. Well now I am a week and one day away from the incident and I have lost almost all strength in certain areas on the right side of my upper body. I tried to do a set of pull ups this morning to test it because the pain has subsided quite a bit. I used to bang out about 18 reps on my first set, and today I struggled to get even one!!! When i start the stroke of the rep it's like my right side is not even engaging at all!!

Anyway anyone ever experience anything like this, and if so how did you treat it or get it treated, and how long did it take you to recover? I'm freakin' out :hypno: !! From some research on my own I'm thinking, hoping it is just minor nerve damage to the brachial plexus, praying the strength and motor function return soon. I don't have any numbness so far. Any help or input would be appreciated. Thanks.

10-16-2012, 05:35 PM
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for their feedback on this, it really helped out, lol. Anyway, I am now 3 or so days away from the orignial posting and happy to say that the strength is starting to return to my right side now. It's getting a little better everyday. I skipped working out Saturday but then returned to the gym on Sunday, Monday, and today. Sunday and Monday just doing really light, high rep upper body stuff to retrain the nerves and muscles to function. At least in my mind that is what i was envisioning. And today I did Quads at full strength. My hope is that I'll be back to normal in another week or so.

11-06-2012, 07:26 PM
I have to say I wouldn't have made it through if it wasn't for all the support I have received on this post. Thanks. Now 4.5 weeks away from the injury, I am much improved. I would say my right side is about 75-80% back to normal. The recovery has been very slow but steady so I am happy. At first, as you can tell by my last post I thought it would come back quickly, but at least it is coming back. I still have just a bit of pain and tightness. Hopefully about two more weeks and I can return to training with equal strength on both sides.

11-30-2012, 03:08 PM
Update: 8 weeks since injury now. Now about 90-95% healed. Almost back to normal.

12-01-2012, 12:42 AM
Whew , that sounds like a rough injury . It's good to see things are on the upswing for you . Injuries suck.. I've dealt with plenty of my own . Never one I suspected could be the Plexus . The only experience I have with that is with a legit submission I learned . It's designed to be a crush / cutter right on the Brachial Plexus and it works . When anyone uses it in practice they need to be extremely careful as it can cause the type of injury you describe . Good luck moving forward with it .

With most injuries that do not involve heavy bruising I use a couple Ibuprophen and Ice as quickly as possible to help with inflammation .