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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 are the treatments for the injury?

First aid for a person with a neck injury includes the following steps:

1. Call for emergency medical help immediately. Check to see if the victim is breathing and whether the airway is blocked. If necessary, start cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. The chin should be lifted without moving the head and neck. It is important to steady the victim's head, using belts, tape, pillows, or a helper's hands.

2. Keep the person's head, neck, and back in a straight line. If the person needs to be moved, several people should roll him or her as a whole unit. A plank, gurney, or back board can be used to roll the individual as a unit.

3. If the person must be moved to protect him or her from further injury, and there is only one rescuer, grab the victim's clothes and drag the victim away from the danger.

4. If the victim is choking or vomiting, roll him or her as a whole unit to one side to help clear the airway.

5. Keep the person warm.

6. Give first aid for obvious injuries and stay with the person until medical help arrives.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

The biggest risk in dealing with a person with a neck injury is worsening the injury. This can lead to permanent paralysis on one side or in both legs.

What happens after treatment for the injury?

Severe neck injuries generally require fairly lengthy neurosurgical treatment. Frequent evaluations will be needed over the next several months to years. If there is paralysis, lifelong treatment will be needed. Many people recover fully and have no long-lasting side effects from the injury. An individual who retains some function after the injury will usually benefit from physical therapy and occupational therapy.

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

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