Marilyn - posted on 01/22/2014 ( no moms have responded yet )
I was born with Erb's Palsy in the left shoulder, way back in 1948. Yes I am 66 years old. I was always aware I was a bit different to other kids, but always tried to do what they did. My advice to new mothers is, maybe your child will experience a lot of pain during the "growing years" as I did, aged 10 to 12 years. Please realise that swimming lessons may be very uncomfortable as they cannot bring their arms up out of the water. I use sidestroke all the time !! My left shoulder is bony and sticks up, and my elbow is bony also. I cannot rotate my left hand either, so I never put out my left hand for change, and have never worn a strapless dress. During exercises, I headed to the back of the class, as I couldn't put my arm against my left ear either!!
However saying all this, I have never told anyone close, about my left shoulder, and its only on a few occasions that anyone noticed it was different. I have always had movement in my arm, but as I get older, my shoulder goes into "spasms" regularly, and my right arm is also painful at times as it has done twice the work it should have.
I find regular deep tissue massage and chiropractic work really helps.. Marilyn