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Injury: Neck Fracture
What is a Neck Fracture?
The medical term for a neck fracture would be a
and should be taken with extreme caution if expected. There are seven cervical
throughout the neck and damage to any of these could lead to
paralysis or possible death.
If a cervical or neck fracture is suspected you should seek medical attention immediately. This neck injury is most commonly seen in auto accidents, diving and in
. Due to the complications and damage that come along with a neck fracture, it is important to understand the neck injury as much as possible in order to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Medical Definition of a Neck Fracture
Cervical Fractures are commonly the result of high-energy trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident, fall from a height, or a diving accident. These fractures must be suspected and either identified or ruled out in all trauma patients who report neck pain.
- Cervical Fracture
What are the symptoms of a Neck Fracture?
- Severe neck pain and tenderness.
- Muscle spasms in the neck
- Pain that radiates into the shoulder or arm indicates a possible nerve root impingement.
- Numbness or tingling indicates nerve root impingement.
Treatment of Neck Fracture
- Immediately immobilize the neck and seek medical attention to diagnose extent of injury.
- Initial treatment should include wearing a cervical collar for 7-10 days.
- Following initial treatment you should receive further examination to see if the fracture is healing.
- Once exams are normal you may begin a light
- Appropriate usage of
to relieve pain.
Vertebral Fracture Repair
Greene W.B. (Ed). (2001). Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care.Rosemont, Il: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (548-549)
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