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Neck Fracture/Broken Neck

A neck fracture or broken neck occurs when one or more of the cervical vertebrae in the spine are broken, often due to trauma.

How It Develops

Neck fractures typically result from significant trauma such as car accidents, falls, sports injuries, or direct blows to the neck. Osteoporosis and other conditions that weaken the bones can also increase the risk of fractures.

Common Symptoms of Neck Fracture/Broken Neck

  • Severe neck pain
  • Swelling and bruising around the neck
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Limited range of motion in the neck

Who It Affects

Neck fractures can affect individuals of all ages, but they are more common in older adults due to osteoporosis and decreased bone density. Athletes and individuals involved in high-risk activities are also at higher risk.

Impact on Daily Life

A neck fracture can severely limit mobility and independence. The pain and discomfort can interfere with daily activities, work, and physical exercise. In severe cases, it can lead to long-term disability and complications such as chronic pain and spinal deformities.

Risks of Untreated Neck Fracture

If left untreated, a neck fracture can lead to severe complications. The broken vertebrae can damage the spinal cord or nerves, leading to permanent paralysis or neurological deficits. Proper and timely treatment is crucial to prevent these outcomes and ensure optimal recovery.

Schedule an Appointment

If you suspect a neck fracture, immediate medical attention is essential. Schedule an appointment with our expert spine surgeons for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan.

Get Back To You - Faster

We understand the challenges of recovering from a neck fracture. Our team provides support and education to help you navigate the treatment process and regain your strength and mobility.