Brachial Plexus Injury
A brachial plexus injury (also called a burner) is an injury to the bundle of nerves that runs from the back of your neck into your arm. These separate nerves come together in the upper shoulder to form the brachial plexus and extend to all the arm muscles.
An individual may injure his or her brachial plexus by stretching, pinching or bruising this group of nerves. Typical cases where the nerves are stretched, or overextended, include a situation where an individual’s shoulder is pushed down under pressure while the head is pushed to the other side. If this action occurs quickly, it is then that the nerves can become pinched. Also, if an individual receives a direct blow or extreme amount of pressure on the top of their head (such as being in a car accident), the brachial plexus nerves can become bruised from being pushed against bone.
When an individual suffers injury to the brachial plexus nerves, he or she may experience such symptoms as a pain in the neck and shoulder area, a burning sensation in one arm and numbness or weakness in the affected shoulder.
Mild burners typically last only a few minutes and won’t require immediate medical treatment. However, more severe injuries to this group of nerves may require the individual to receive physical therapy techniques in order to strengthen the surrounding muscles.
The nerve will more than likely heal naturally, but some individuals choose to seek medical advice, especially if they are an athlete.