Burners and stingers are intense pains that occur when the nerves that run from the neck to the arm are stretched or compressed. This typically occurs in contact or collision sports where the shoulder may be pushed backward or the head and neck is forcibly pushed to the side. Burners are most common in football players but are also common in those who participate in hockey, wrestling, lacrosse, and diving. The termburner will be used in this handout to refer to both burners and stingers.

Athletes who have just sustained a burner will typically hold their arm limply at their sides or be observed shaking their arm to get rid of the tingling or burning sensation. A burning or stinging pain runs from the neck and shoulder down the arm even into the hand. In addition to the burning pain, it may feel like the arm has fallen asleep...

You do not currently have access to this content.