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Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Brachial Plexus Stingers (also known as stingers or burners)


A Burner or Stinger is an intensely painful nerve injury which most often occurs in contact or collision sports like football, wrestling, and snow skiing. A stinger or burner is actually an injury to a group of nerves known as the brachial plexus that include the nerve roots extending from spinal vertebrae C5 and continuing through T1.  These nerve roots originate from the spinal cord and branch out from the spinal cord at the levels of the various vertebrae.  The injury is named for the “stinging” or “burning” pain that radiates (spreads) from the shoulder to the hand. This can feel like an electric shock or “lightening bolt” down the arm, and may be accompanied by a warm sensation.  Many of our patients at Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic(Augusta, GA) that come in with burner or stinger complaints are often athletes in high-contact sports.

What is a brachial plexus stinger?

A brachial plexus stinger is an injury to the nerve bundle that results in transient paralysis and paresthesia (loss of sensation) of the entire arm.  Although frightening for the athlete, the transient paralysis and paresthesia usually resolves quickly within minutes.  However, more serious brachial plexus stingers can result in damage to the nerve itself with neurological deficits lasting up to one year.

What are the symptoms?

Burners and Stingers are neck injuries that cause acute pain that feels like a burning, pinching, or shock running from the base of the skull to the shoulder or along the neck. Usually this pain is quite intense, but subsides quickly. In addition to an acute pain and shock from the shoulder down into the arm and fingers, there may be numbness, burning, or weakness in the arm, hand, and fingers.

What are the causes?

Although brachial plexus stingers have several mechanisms of injury, the most common is when the brachial plexus is stretched when the head is forced to one side while the opposite shoulder is depressed.  This “stretch” is enough to cause a temporary injury to the plexus resulting in transient symptoms of the shoulder, arm, and hand.

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Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Do YOU like to play?

Whether you just like to toss a ball around on the weekend or are professional athlete, there are a few things that all players have in common. We all want to perform our best in a game, and that means that we are all also capable of enduring some pretty bad injuries.
Injuries happen, pure and simple. The way in which you treat your injuries determines how fast you can recover and how quickly you can get back on the field (pool, rink, court, etc.).
Chiropractic offers a balanced approach to the treatment and the healing of sports injuries. By using chiropractic adjustments to return spinal segments to their normal mobility and physical therapy to help the supportive tissues (muscles, tendons, & ligaments), chiropractic care can help the injured areas return to their normal function faster.
But can’t we just avoid injury in the first place?
Not likely.  It is possible that you can have a mechanical problems within the body without even being aware of any symptoms. If that is the case, then not only will you be prone to injury when pushing your body with athletics, but on a day-to-day basis you will not be functioning correctly.  This means that you cannot perform at your maximum capability while at rest or play. While no injury is completely avoidable, regular chiropractic care can help keep your body in tip-top shape and help to prevent and minimize the damage from injuries.
So next time you get out the football or pick up a bat, think it over.  Do you want to preform your best and keep your body strong?
Stay safe and have fun! 
Call us at (480) 703-1834 to find out about our “Friday Night Lights” special for your school’s athletes and booster club.
Yours In Health,
John J. Koc, D.C.
16429 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ. 85032

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 | 0 comments

2012 Olympic Gold Medalist McKayla Maroney Gets Winning Edge from Chiropractic

Currently known as one of the best vaulters in the world, McKayla Maroney achieved an athlete’s dream of earning gold as part of the US Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Her arduous journey to olympic achievement, however, was marked by challenges, many of them common and familiar among professional and competitive atheletes.  Below is an excerpt from an article printed in The Washington Times, highlighting how chiropractic was pivotal in Maroney’s journey to gold.

McKayla Maroney, the 2011 World Vault Champion, was injured in St. Louis,  Missouri on June 8, 2012, during a pre-meet warm up during her floor routine.  She did three flips in the air, landed on her back, and hit her head so  hard that her nasal bone fractured and she was left with a severe  concussion.

Because this injury was of this magnitude she had to meet with the Olympic  medical board to assess her ability to compete at the national team Olympic  trials.

Her primary treating chiropractor, Dr. Chris Tunner, was  aware that she was still suffering from residual post-concussion symptoms  and wanted to offer young McKayla her lifetime dream to compete in the  Olympics, so after discussing the options with her mother they  referred her to Dr. Shad Groves, a chiropractic neurologist, in Long Beach,  California.

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