What is a "burner?"
A "burner," also called a "stinger," is an injury to 1 or more nerves between your neck and shoulder. It's not a serious neck injury. Burners are common among people who play contact sports such as football and wrestling.
The "Burner": A Common Nerve Injury in Contact Sports by GS Kuhlman, DB McKreag (American Family Physician November 01, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/991101ap/2035.html)
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