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Cervical Stinger
Cervical Stingers are injuries to the brachial plexus that occurs when nerves in the shoulder and neck are stretched from force upon impact. These injuries are quite common in contact or collision sports.

Symptoms of Cervical Stinger
The symptoms of cervical stingers usually manifest in one arm. They usually remain from seconds to minutes, but in some circumstances, they can last hours, days, or even weeks. The most common symptoms of a cervical stinger include:

  • An electric or burning shock sensation.
  • Weakness and arm numbness immediately following the injury.
  • A warm sensation.


Imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, x-rays, and nerve studies of the head and neck are not usually needed.

Cervical stingers are appropriately named for the stinging or burning pain they cause. The pain radiates from the shoulder to the hand. A burner or stinger can feel like an electric shock or lightning bolt down the arm.

In most cases, cervical stingers are temporary, and symptoms swiftly go away. In some cases, however, it is advised to seek professional, board-certified spine specialists.

Cervical Stingers occur when the shoulder and head move in the opposite directions, the head is moved rapidly to one side, or the region above the collarbone is hit. The injuries occur when a spinal nerve in the neck is violently squeezed (compressed) as the head is forced backward, and the neck muscles are forced toward the affected side. Cervical Stingers are also caused as a result of a forced push of the head, away from the shoulder. This overstressed the nerve roots in the neck and shoulder region.

Treatments for Cervical Stinger
Most mild to moderate circumstances of Cervical Stinger can be treated at home using over-the-counter medications, ice, and other therapies. However, if the symptoms stay for a longer time, it’s better to seek professional help. In some cases, minimally invasive spine surgery is recommended.

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What Does a Neck Stinger Feel Like?

The most common symptoms associated with a neck stinger include:

  • An electric or burning shock sensation around the affected area.
  • Weakness and arm numbness around the neck region.
  • A warm sensation around the neck.

How Do You Treat a Neck Stinger?

  • Your specialist may prescribe pain relievers to treat neck stinger.
  • Applying ice on the affected area can also be considered as an effective treatment to reduce inflammation.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Stinger?

  • The recovery rate can differ for different grade symptoms.
  • For instance, the Grade 1 condition of a stinger may heal in almost two weeks, whereas it may take more than two weeks to completely recover from neck stinger.

How Do You Prevent Stingers?

  • You can prevent stingers from happening by wearing protective neck rolls.
  • You can also strengthen or maintain your range of motion by attending personalized physical therapy sessions.
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