What to Expect on Your Child's First Visit

Your first appointment may take two hours to allow the entire team a chance to examine your child, speak with you and answer your questions. You will be greeted by our nurse coordinator and will meet with our medical team and our surgical director. Your child will also be evaluated by our physical and occupational therapists during the clinic visit.

Evaluation of your child’s condition

Before deciding on a treatment plan, our team will evaluate your child’s condition. There’s no simple test to figure out how severe the brachial plexus injury is or what nerves are damaged.

When our multidisciplinary team examines your child, we will be looking for:

  • How well are your child’s muscles developed?
  • Can he use the muscles in the affected shoulder, arm and hand?
  • Does he have feeling in his arm?
  • Differences between what he can do with his "good" arm and what he can do with the affected arm.

The team will also ask you about any changes you’ve noticed in your child’s condition, and we will answer any questions you have about your child’s treatment. Please dress your child in clothes that are easy to remove. The doctors will need to see all the muscles in the shoulders and chest. A tank top is a good idea for older children. Please bring all of your child’s medical treatment records.

Going to Children’s

Before your visit:

  • Understand that a legal guardian must sign consent forms for your child’s consultation.
  • Bring your insurance card and any paperwork your child’s doctor has given you.
  • Obtain authorization from your child’s primary care physician before your visit. Your primary care physician will need to fax a referral to the clinic.
  • Bring a favorite blanket, video, stuffed animal, doll or book to make your child more comfortable.


Children’s Brachial Plexus Program is located in the Judson L. Hawk Jr., M.D. Clinic in our Children’s Medical Office Building on the Scottish Rite hospital campus.

Get directions to our Judson L. Hawk Jr, M.D. Clinic

After your visit

  • It's important to do your child's exercises at home. Review the exercise sheet your physical therapist provided.
  • Watch our exercise videos (under the physical therapy section)

  • You will need to come back to clinic each month to review your child's progress.