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Neck Injury

Alternate Names : C-Spine Injury, Neck Fracture, Neck Strain

Neck Injury | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the injury?

While some neck injuries cannot be prevented, good safety techniques can minimize a person's risk. It is important to:

  • Get regular exercise.
  • Practice good posture and proper lifting techniques.
  • Wear a seat belt and be sure the headrest is properly adjusted when in a moving vehicle.
  • Avoid alcohol when driving.
  • Avoid diving into lakes, rivers, and surf where depth is not known.
  • Wear protective gear and take care during contact sports such as football.
  • Follow sports safety guidelines for children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Wear a helmet when riding motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.
  • When someone has a spinal injury, any motion of the neck could cause paralysis. It is important to seek medical help immediately and avoid moving the person.

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    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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