A neurological injury common in contact and collision sports such as football and wrestling. It is usually caused by stretching, pinching, or compressing the brachial plexus when the head is hit, and forcefully bent sideways and downward. The condition is characterized by pain and a burning or tingling sensation in the neck, shoulder, and down the affected arm. There is also usually a slight weakness, and/or a loss of sensation in the arm or hand of the injured side. Symptoms are usually transient and sports participants with a simple burner often return to play when asymptomatic. However, if the symptoms persist for more than 5 min, medical advice should be sought in order to differentiate between the common stinger or burner and a more serious cervical spine injury.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.