Alternate Names : C-Spine Injury, Neck Fracture, Neck Strain
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
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
Follow sports safety guidelines for
children, adolescents, and
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.