Burners And Stingers - Flower Mound, TX
Dr. Kulwicki is a renowned orthopedic surgeon serving the patients in Flower Mound, TX. He provides complete diagnosis and treatment for various conditions of the shoulder like Burners And Stingers, Shoulder Dislocation, Shoulder Fracture etc.

Burners And Stingers

Burners And Stingers is a common injury among the athletes playing collision sports like ice hockey, wrestling, American football etc. In this condition, the upper trunk of brachial plexus (cord of nerves running from neck to the arm) gets compressed and leads to a burning sensation that spreads from shoulder to hand. The pain is witnessed as an electric shock or lightning bolt running down the arm.

Causes Of Burners And Stingers

  • An injury to the brachial plexus
  • Athletes engaged in contact sports
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Disorders
  • Muscle atrophy

Symptoms Of Burners And Stingers

  • A burning or electric shock sensation
  • Weakness or numbness in arm
  • A warm sensation
  • Weakness lasting more than several days
  • Neck pain
  • Symptoms may be felt in both arms

Diagnosis Of Burners And Stingers

To diagnose the condition, the doctor may discuss various symptoms and ask about the reason of the injury. Imaging tests, such as x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and nerve studies may be required in extreme cases.

Treatment For Burners And Stingers

Non-Surgical Treatment

  • If the injury occurs on field, the doctor may ask to keep the patient in a protective collar until X-rays have been done. Wearing soft collars may also be suggested to the patient suffering from Burners And Stingers.
  • The doctor may also ask the patient to rest and move the neck gently until the symptoms are resolved. To restore strength of the arm and provide relieve from the symptoms, physical therapy and exercises may be recommend by the doctor. Patient may be asked to keep his/ her posture correct while sitting so that less pressure is applied on the nerve roots.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication may be suggested to reduce swelling. Patient may be asked to apply ice on the neck so as to eliminate pain and stimulate the blood flow.

Surgical Treatment

  • Nerve Graft: In this technique the surgeon may use a segment of some other nerve to replace the damaged section of the nerve in the arm.
  • Nerve Transfer: Nerve transfer is a surgical procedure that in which a nerve with a less important role may be used to restore the functioning of crucial nerve. The surgeon may plugin this nerve with the one that is not functioning.

Prevention For Burners And Stingers

  • Maintain a healthy physique
  • See whether all the equipment and pads are in good condition before wearing them for practice or game
  • Take proper rest and breaks
  • Warm up and cool down before and after practice or a game.

Consult Dr. Kulwicki to get a comprehensive treatment of Burners And Stingers. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, call at (972) 899 – 4679.