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  • What Is Cervical Fracture?

    July 18, 2018

    Commonly termed as a “broken neck” cervical fractures are caused when any one of the seven cervical vertebrae in the neck are fractured. These fractures are caused by catastrophic accidents and can result in spinal cord injury, loss of sensation, paralysis or most commonly, instant death.

    They usually occur in serious motor-vehicle accidents, contact sports like wrestling, football, hockey, rugby etc, some non-contact sports like gymnastics, diving, motor-racing, power-lifting and also penetrating neck injuries. Hanging is also a cause of cervical fracture.

    The condition is suspected when there is a severe pain at the site, bruising, swelling, pain that travels down the neck, shoulders/arms. Diagnosis is made through X-rays, CT/MRI scans, etc. However, it’s crucial to make the diagnosis and start treatment as early as possible, hence physicians in ER rooms use a variety of tools like the Canadian C-Spine Rule and NEXUS criteria for swift evaluation of patients.

    Treatments consist of immediate and complete immobilization of neck and head to prevent further spinal cord injury. Appropriate painkillers that don’t interfere with healing are prescribed. Cervical collars, traction, and surgery may be indicated based on the patient’s condition. Long-term physiotherapy may be needed. The victims may be disabled permanently or for a very long time.

    Accidents are rarely accidental. They’re usually caused by someone’s fault or negligence. Victims and families suffer severe, long-term losses as a result of such accidents. If you or a dear one suffers a cervical fracture following a motor-vehicle accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately. You may be entitled to compensation.

  • What Is Cervical Fracture?

    July 18, 2018

    Commonly termed as a “broken neck” cervical fractures are caused when any one of the seven cervical vertebrae in the neck are fractured. These fractures are caused by catastrophic accidents and can result in spinal cord injury, loss of sensation, paralysis or most commonly, instant death.

    They usually occur in serious motor-vehicle accidents, contact sports like wrestling, football, hockey, rugby etc, some non-contact sports like gymnastics, diving, motor-racing, power-lifting and also penetrating neck injuries. Hanging is also a cause of cervical fracture.

    The condition is suspected when there is a severe pain at the site, bruising, swelling, pain that travels down the neck, shoulders/arms. Diagnosis is made through X-rays, CT/MRI scans, etc. However, it’s crucial to make the diagnosis and start treatment as early as possible, hence physicians in ER rooms use a variety of tools like the Canadian C-Spine Rule and NEXUS criteria for swift evaluation of patients.

    Treatments consist of immediate and complete immobilization of neck and head to prevent further spinal cord injury. Appropriate painkillers that don’t interfere with healing are prescribed. Cervical collars, traction, and surgery may be indicated based on the patient’s condition. Long-term physiotherapy may be needed. The victims may be disabled permanently or for a very long time.

    Accidents are rarely accidental. They’re usually caused by someone’s fault or negligence. Victims and families suffer severe, long-term losses as a result of such accidents. If you or a dear one suffers a cervical fracture following a motor-vehicle accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately. You may be entitled to compensation.