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A fracture, or break, in one of the cervical vertebrae is known as Cervical Fracture or broken neck. Vertebrae are the bones that make up our spine. There are seven cervical vertebrae in the neck that support our head and connect it to the shoulders and body.
The cervical vertebrae enclose the spinal cord. The spinal cord is where the nerves from your brain go to the rest of the body. With a cervical fracture, the spinal cord may also be damaged.
Alternative Names of Cervical Fracture: Broken neck
Causes of Cervical Fracture
Signs & Symptoms of Cervical Fracture
Diagnosis of Cervical Fracture
The physician will perform a complete neurological examination to assess nerve function and may request additional radiographic studies like :
Treatments of Cervical Fracture
The treatment of a cervical fracture depends upon which cervical vertebrae was damaged and the extend of the fracture.
A) For Minor fractures:
These may be treated with complete immobilization (keeping your head from moving), using any of the following cervical braces until the bone heals:
B) For Major fractures:
These may include many fractures or dislocations (bones that have changed position). More severe fractures may require surgery to return the bones to their normal position.
Types of Surgery:
When to seek Medical Advice
Severe neck pain especially after sudden movement of the neck due to sports or accident. The pain generally spreads from the neck to the shoulders or arms, resulting from the vertebra compressing a nerve.
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