What is Burners and Stingers?

Burners and stingers are common injuries in contact or collision sports. A burner or a stinger is an injury to the nerve supply of the upper arm. The injury is named for the stinging or burning pain that spreads from the shoulder to the hand.

What is the causes?

  • Contact Sports
  • Spinal Stenosis

What is the symptoms?

  • Burning Sensation
  • Numberness and Weakness
  • Warm Sensation

What are the treatment?

Treatment begins by removing the athlete from further injury. Athletes are not allowed to return to sports activity until their symptoms are completely gone. This can take a few minutes or several days. Athletes should never be allowed to return to sports if they have weakness or neck pain.

If you have had recurrent stingers, your doctor may recommend a special neck roll or elevated shoulder pads to wear during sports activities.