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Burner Causes & Risks


A burner may be caused by:

Stretching of the Brachial Plexus Nerves

This can be caused by your shoulder being pushed down while your head is forced to the other side.

Pinching of the Brachial Plexus Nerves

This can happen if your head is moved quickly to one side.

Bruising of the Brachial Plexus Nerves

This can happen when the area above your collarbone is hit directly or pressure on the top of your head compresses the brachial plexus nerves against bone.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for a burner (stinger) include:

  • Playing American football—due to receiving direct blows to the head, neck, and shoulders
  • Participating in contact sports

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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