Causes and Symptoms of Cervical Fractures
Your neck is comprised of seven bones known collectively as your cervical vertebrae. These bones help support your head and keep it connected to your shoulders and the rest of your body. When you experience a cervical fracture (or broken neck) due to trauma inflicted upon your cervical vertebrae, you need immediate emergency care. This type of injury may result in temporary or permanent paralysis or even death. A cervical fracture’s symptoms typically include bruising and swelling at the back of your neck and pain spreading from your neck to your shoulders or arms. You can prevent many cervical fractures by wearing a seatbelt in a car or protective equipment while playing contact sports.
Treatment Options for Cervical Fractures in Houston
Treatments for cervical fractures can vary in scope depending upon which of your seven cervical vertebrae are damaged and the extent of those damages. A minor fracture may be treated by wearing a cervical brace for 6-8 weeks while your bones heal. A more complex fracture may require traction, surgery, 2-3 months in a rigid cast, or a combination of all of these. If you need treatment for cervical fractures in the Houston area, please give KSF Orthopaedic Center a call to learn more about suitable treatment options, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Hulen.