Burners and Stingers: Electric Shock Sensation in Shoulder and Arm

Common Occurrence in Athletes

The sensation of electric shock in the shoulder and arm (Burners and Stingers) can be a common condition among athletes, especially those who participate in high-impact sports such as wrestling or football.

Burners and Stingers

Symptoms and Signs of Stingers

This condition occurs when an individual feels as if an electric shock has been delivered to their upper limbs. Common symptoms include tingling, numbness, a sensation of warmth, and weakness in these areas. These sensations usually last a few seconds to a few minutes and in less than ten percent of cases, they may persist for several days.

Mechanism of Injury

The primary cause of this condition is severe bending of the head to one side and stretching of the neck area, which can lead to a strain in the neural network of the neck. In sports like wrestling or football, the impact of the head on the ground can cause this type of injury.


If you experience these symptoms, it is advised to consult a medical specialist for an accurate assessment of the condition and appropriate treatment.

Treatment for Electric Shock Sensation in Shoulder and Arm in Athletes

Resting the Pain

Athletes should temporarily stop their sports activities if they feel pain. Continuing to play sports while in pain can exacerbate the injury.

Seeking Medical Attention

If you experience neck pain or a feeling of weakness in the upper limbs, immediate medical attention is necessary. A doctor can diagnose the cause of the pain and provide appropriate treatment guidance.

Physiotherapy Measures

If the problem persists for more than a few days, seeking help from a physiotherapist is recommended. A physiotherapist can teach neck-specific stretching and strengthening exercises that are effective in reducing pain and strengthening neck muscles.

Using Supportive Equipment

Using a specialized shoulder pad during sports can help prevent the recurrence of this condition. These pads can help protect the shoulder area from sports-related injuries.

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