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Burner Prevention

Prevention

One of the important goals in evaluation and management of burners is to recognize those injuries which could represent far more serious cervical spinal cord damage. Early recognition of this condition can prevent subsequent reinjury and possible paralysis. Careful post-injury evaluation and assurance that only one arm is symptomatic can help prevent permanent damage.

Keeping the muscles around your neck and shoulders strong and flexible will help you withstand the stress of a direct blow. Learning safe sports technique is essential. Avoid using your helmet as a contact point when tackling and blocking in football. Always make sure to wear the proper safety equipment for your sport. Pads and other modifications of athletic gear have been proposed in an effort to reduce the incidence of burners. These may be especially useful for players who have previously suffered injury.

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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