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Burners and Stingers

Burners and Stingers

HealthQuest, a leading multispecialty health care center based in Brooklyn, New York, offers comprehensive treatment for various types of sports injuries. We treat burners and stingers with non-surgical options to help athletes resolve pain, enhance range of motion, improve strength, attain full functional status, and address predisposing factors. Our multidisciplinary health care team includes experienced neurologists, orthopedic specialists, pain management physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, and other healthcare professionals.

Proper Diagnosis for Effective Treatment

Burners and stingers syndrome - also called brachial plexus injury - occurs due to a blow to the neck or shoulder. It damages the nerves that make up the brachial plexus which begins at the neck and crosses the upper chest to the armpit. Symptoms include a burning or stinging sensation like an electric shock down the arm to the hand, numbness and weakness in the arm, shoulder and neck pain, and loss of movement in the shoulder, arm or hand.

Diagnosing burners and stingers involves a comprehensive history and physical exam to assess the nature of the injury, assess strength and range of motion, and to rule out presence of any associated problems. Imaging tests such as x-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to assess the condition and electrodiagnostic studies to evaluate nerve conduction and muscle signals. Early diagnosis and treatment is crucial for success with treatment.

Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Burners and Stingers

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs)
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Electrotherapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy to ease joint and muscle stiffness
  • Occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Massage
  • Game Ready for pain management

As nerve injuries heal slowly, patients will be carefully monitored until they are fit to return to their sport. Surgery will be recommended only if these treatments do not work.

To schedule a consultation for sports injury treatment at our rehabilitation center in New York, call 718-769-2521 or send an email to We accept most major medical insurance plans.