The 'burner'

A common nerve injury in contact sports

Geoffrey S. Kuhlman, Douglas McKeag

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Abstract

A 'burner' is a common nerve injury resulting from trauma to the neck and shoulder, usually during sports participation. The injury is most often caused by traction or compression of the upper trunk of the brachial plexus or the fifth or sixth cervical nerve roots. Burners are typically transient, but they can cause prolonged weakness resulting in time loss from athletic participation. Furthermore, they often recur. Treatment consists of restoring range of motion, improving strength and providing protective equipment. Return to sports participation depends primarily on reestablishment of pain-free motion and full recovery of strength and functional status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2035-2042
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Family Physician
Volume60
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Sports
Wounds and Injuries
Brachial Plexus
Traction
Articular Range of Motion
Arm
Neck
Equipment and Supplies
Therapeutics
Return to Sport
Pain-Free

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  • Family Practice

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The 'burner' : A common nerve injury in contact sports. / Kuhlman, Geoffrey S.; McKeag, Douglas.

In: American Family Physician, Vol. 60, No. 7, 01.11.1999, p. 2035-2042.

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Kuhlman, Geoffrey S. ; McKeag, Douglas. / The 'burner' : A common nerve injury in contact sports. In: American Family Physician. 1999 ; Vol. 60, No. 7. pp. 2035-2042.
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