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burnerAcute, transient brachial plexus injury Sports medicine A typically transient traction neurapraxia of younger athletes caused by direct cervical spine trauma–common in football occurring in younger athletes which may occur with spear tackling and accompanied by shoulder depression and lateral neck deviation away from the side of injury Clinical Burning or tingling sensation extending into the shoulder or arm when the neck is forced beyond the normal ROM Management Cowboy collar to prevent extreme hyperextension and lateral bending of the cervical spine, neck and shoulder exercise; athletes may return to collision activities when asymptomatic–normal strength, neurologically normal, and full range of painless cervical motion. See Spear tackling.
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A lay term for trauma to the brachial plexus, marked by a fiery sensation in the neck that radiates down the arm, esp. when the neck is deviated from the involved side and the contralateral shoulder is depressed. This condition, which is esp. prevalent in contact sports, causes the cervical nerve root to become compressed between two vertebrae. Weakness and numbness follow the burning sensation but are usually transient. Repeated brachial plexus trauma can result in permanent neuropathy. Synonym: stinger
CAUTION!The presence of a vertebral fracture should be ruled out (as with x-rays) before testing for brachial plexus trauma.
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