What is Stinger?

Stingers are injuries that occur when nerves in the neck and shoulder are stretched or compressed after an impact. These injuries are common in contact or collision sports and are named for the stinging or burning pain that spreads from the shoulder to the hand. A stinger can feel like an electric shock or lightning bolt down the arm. In most cases, burners and stingers are temporary and symptoms quickly go away.

Signs and Symptoms

Common symptoms include a burning or electric shock sensation, arm numbness or weakness and a warm sensation.

Treatment Options

Common treatment options for a stinger include removing the athlete from further injury, a special neck roll, or elevated shoulder pads to wear during activity

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