Treatments & Conditions | Hand Microsurgery in Erie, PA

Burners and Stingers

Burners and stingers are common injuries in contact or collision sports. A burner or a stinger is an injury to the nerve supply of the upper arm, either at the neck or shoulder. The injury is named for the stinging or burning pain that spreads from the shoulder to the hand. This 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.

A few commonly experienced symptoms include:

  • Burning or electric shock sensation
  • Arm numbness and weakness immediately following the injury
  • A warm sensation

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