How are burners treated?
Burners usually get better on their own. You may need physical therapy to stretch and strengthen your muscles.
Some burners only last a few minutes. Others take several days or weeks to heal. If your burner lasts more than a few weeks, see your doctor. You may have a test called an electromyogram (EMG). This test can show that you have a burner and give an idea about how long it will last.
When can I return to my sport?
You shouldn't go back to playing if you have pain, numbness or tingling. Also refrain from playing if you aren't able to move your neck in all directions or if your strength is not back to normal. You must be able to play your sport without problems from the injury.
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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