Brachial Plexus

Brachial Plexus: A complex of nerves (plexus) made up of the anterior branches of the lower four cervical nerves and the first thoracic which are located deep within the shoulders between the neck and axillae (armpits). The major branches emerging from the brachial plexuses include the musculocutaneous nerves, ulnar nerves, median nerves, radial nerves, and axillary nerves.

Brachial plexus injuries, commonly called burners or stingers, are a frequent occurrence in sports such as football where an athlete's body is forced in one direction while the arm is pulled in another, causing an abnormal traction or compression of one or more of the large nerves.

See also brachial plexus entrapment.

cutaway diagram of brachial plexus

Cutaway of Brachial Plexus

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