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Spinal Cord Contusions

Spinal cord contusions, also referred to as transient quadriplegia or cervical neurapraxia, result from an injury to the upper part of the spine, called the cervical spine. The spinal cord can become bruised when the cord gets compressed against the spinal column, called a contusion. This type of injury can affect athletes, particularly those who play contact sports.

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A stinger, sometimes also called a burner, refers to an injury to the network of nerves in the neck and shoulder. The names describe the stinging or burning sensation that people often feel passing from their shoulder to their hand when they have this injury. Usually, it’s caused by trauma to these nerves, called the brachial plexus. This injury is common among athletes who play contact sports, but fortunately this injury is usually not serious, and symptoms tend to resolve quickly

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Upswing is led by two orthopedic surgeons with over 50 combined years of healthcare leadership and experience.

    Dr. Jay Kimmel

  • Dr. Jay Kimmel is an orthopedic surgeon with Advanced Orthopedics New England. Dr. Kimmel specializes in Sports Medicine with an emphasis on shoulder and knee injuries.
  • Assistant clinical professor in both the department of family medicine and department of orthopedics at the University of Connecticut.
  • Dr. Kimmel is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and is board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery.
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    Dr. Steven Schutzer

  • Dr. Steve Schutzer is a Founding Member and Medical Director of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center,
  • President of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Surgeons, LLC and Physician Executive for the Orthopedic Service Line at Trinity Health Of New England.
  • Highly sought-after national speaker on value-based healthcare.
  • Sport of Choice: Tae Kwon Do

We suggested this condition because you mentioned these symptoms:

This is not a medical diagnosis. If you are in extreme pain, please dial 911 or go to emergency.

How did you injure yourself?

Fall or Direct blow or Twist/strain

Does it go down either arm?

Shoulder or Elbow

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