Some burners last only a few minutes and won't require treatment. Others may require physical therapy to strengthen your muscles while you wait for the nerve to heal itself. The decision to return an athlete to play after a burner requires careful evaluation that assures complete recovery has occurred and that there are no serious conditions that could lead to reinjury.
Some sports physicians will want an MRI or EMG study before approving return of an athlete who has suffered a burner. Multiple burner injuries in one season may be reason to restrict return to play and should generally result in referral to an experienced sports medicine physician for evaluation.
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