Neck Fracture Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Neck Fracture treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.

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How to Treat Neck Fracture


Treatment depends on:

  • The severity of the fracture
  • If there is an associated dislocation or instability
  • Which cervical bones are broken
  • Whether there is spinal cord or nerve injury, with muscle weakness or paralysis

Treatment includes:

Immobilization

When there is a possibility of a broken neck, complete immobilization of the neck area is necessary. For athletes, it is recommended to keep the helmet and shoulder pads on while immobilizing the spine.

Brace or Collar

A less serious neck fracture can be treated with a cervical brace or collar. It will need to be worn until the neck completely heals, usually 8 to 12 weeks. The doctor may recommend medications to reduce pain and swelling.

Surgery

For a more severe fracture, you may need surgery to realign the bones. Your neck may be placed in traction prior to surgery. A metal plate with screws, or other methods of fixation, may be used to help hold the bones in place.

Exercises

When your doctor decides you are ready, start range-of-motion and strengthening exercises. A physical therapist should assist you with these exercises. Talk with your doctor before returning to any type of physical activity, and about lifting restrictions and other precautions.

Healing Time

You may need to wear a neck splint, spinal brace, or surgical collar for many months. The period of rehabilitation can last many months and even years.

Living With Paralysis

A neck fracture can sometimes result in spinal cord and nerve injury and paralysis. This may require major life changes, involving work, family, and social life. Extensive rehabilitation may be required, including physical and occupational therapy, and psychological support.



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