Heavy Impact/Contact Sport
Brachial Plexus injuries are typically the result of playing contact sports, and are often referred to as ‘burners’ or ‘stingers’. If you have this kind of sudden injury, which violently extends your neck on one side, you may experience burning pain in your arms or shoulders, and find that your movement in these areas of your body is restricted. It’s possible too that you’ll have reduced feeling in your arms or shoulders.
Much like concussions in the past, Brachial Plexus trauma was largely ignored as a sports injury. This type of injury is often misdiagnosed, which is why it’s important to talk to a Registered Physiotherapist who has the knowledge to assess and identify the exact cause of your pain or discomfort, and the expertise to ensure full return of all areas of motor control.
If you suspect you have a Brachial Plexus injury, act quickly. Many people are under the mistaken impression that ‘burners’ will heal on their own. Unfortunately, left untreated, these types of injury can actually trigger secondary problems.