19 Oct 092. Understanding Brachial Plexus “Stinger” Injuries And Reducing Future Injury Risk
With football season in full swing, it’s time to talk about brachial plexus injuries. In this episode, Andrew provides full detail about the brachial plexus, the functions it serves, and the risks involved with ignoring these injuries when they occur. Not all of these injuries get reported, and due to the importance of this nerve network, Andrew provides some key information in this episode that any active person should listen to.
Otherwise known as a “stinger,” an injury to the brachial plexus typically occurs when your head is forced away from your shoulder, which stretches this nerve network. Football players are at higher risk for this injury, but everyone can benefit from knowing this information. The brachial plexus is an important nerve network that supplies innervation to all of your upper extremities. It helps to control motor function and allows us to perceive sensation. Repetitive trauma to this nerve network can affect someone at the neural level, which is why it is so important to take the time to fully recover afterward.
This episode is packed full of useful, detailed information, including the anatomy of the brachial plexus, how it serves us, and what to do in the case of a brachial plexus injury. Tune into this episode, expand your knowledge, and stay tuned for more great episodes!