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Michigan Sports and Spine

Burners and Stingers

Overview
Burners and stingers is an injury to the nerve supply of the upper arm, either at the neck to the shoulder.  The injury is named for the stinging or burning pain that spreads from the shoulder to the hand.  In most cases, it is temporary and symptoms quickly go away.

Cause
An injury to the brachial plexus (the cord of nerves that branch out of the spinal canal at the neck)
Risk factors include: contact sports, spinal stenosis

Symptoms
A burning or electric shock sensation
Arm numbness and weakness immediately following the injury
A warm sensation

Diagnosis
Physical examination and medical history consultation

Treatment
Prevention of further injury
Physical therapy
Shoulder pads

Source: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00027

 

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