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Burners and Stingers

 What are the symptoms? 

  • Burners and Stingers are terms used to impact injuries to nerve tissue and commonly occur when the shoulder is hit with an elevated arm.
  • They describe the type of pain that is experienced at the time of impact which may spread form the site of impact on the shoulder along the entire length of the nerve to the fingers.
  • Burners and stingers often happen in contact sports where they may also be called a “dead arm”.

What is the treatment? 

  • Like a temporary bruise, treatment usually involves rest or gentle range of motion (ROM) exercises until the nerve recovers. Over the counter medications can be used for pain relief or anti-inflammation medication for more persistent injury.