Cervical Stinger

Cervical Stingers are injuries to the brachial plexus that occur when nerves in the shoulder and neck are stretched from force upon impact. Get effective and reliable Neuro Spine Care at CMW.

Cervical Stinger

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

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 over-stresses the nerve roots in the neck and shoulder region.

In some cases, minimally invasive spine surgery is recommended. Complete Medical Wellness (CMW) houses the finest spine surgeon in NJ. Cervical stinger is understood as a relatively mild condition, but it can reason long-term neck pain and discomfort, leading to spinal conditions like spinal stenosis. In rare cases, the cervical disc is also damaged, leading to spinal surgery.

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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.

In order to define whether your injury is a burner or stinger, our spine surgeon r will discuss your symptoms and evaluate how the injury happened. Imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, x-rays, and nerve studies of the head and neck are not usually needed.

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A more extensive checkup is required if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Neck pain.
  • Weakness lasting more than several days.
  • Neck injuries.
  • Symptoms in both arms.
  • History of recurrent stingers/burners.

Cervical stinger may cause complications in patients with a damaged cervical disc, spinal stenosis, and other spine conditions. If you are a patient of any of the mentioned, you may require laser spine surgery.

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.

It is recommended to see a board-certified chiropractor, which will help reduce pain and discomfort and the need for spinal surgery. Complete Medical Wellness Center houses fellowship-trained chiropractors and spine specialists who offer specialized treatment options. If there is a need for a surgical procedure, our competent spine surgeon performs the finest cervical spine surgery in NJ.

Our board-certified neuro-spine surgeons will discuss your options with you and choose the one which is most effective for you.

At Complete Medical Wellness (CMW), we offer the finest and effective Neuro Spine Care in New Jersey and New York. We have conveniently located medical centers spread across New Jersey and New York.

We provide you VIP access to excellent, cost-efficient, coordinated cervical spine treatments in NJ. Our dedication to serving the people with the best minimally invasive spine surgery out spreads far beyond the care we provide within New Jersey.


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