Neck or Spine Fractures
The spine stretches from the base of the skull to the tailbone. It is composed of 33 vertebrae that help support the body and protect the spinal cord. A broken bone in the neck or spine can be very serious and in some cases, it can lead to paralysis or death. Immediate emergency care is crucial with careful review by an expert spine surgeon
Do not move a person with a neck or spine injury. The person should lie still and wait for an emergency medical team.
Symptoms of a Possible Neck or Spine Fracture
If you come upon a person with a possible neck or spine injury, do not move them, but call 911 for emergency help right away and wait for them to arrive. Symptoms of a neck or spine fracture may include:
- Severe back or neck pain
- Bruising and swelling over the neck or back
- Tingling or loss of feeling in the hands or feet
- Loss of bowel or bladder function
- Loss of feeling and movement below the level of injury
- Weakness or inability to move arms or legs
Expert Treatment by Neck and Spine Specialists
The goal of treatment of a neck or spine fracture is to return the structure to its normal position. A minor neck fracture or simple spine fracture may be treated with a neck brace for six to eight weeks until the bone heals. Severe or complex fractures often need surgery. In that case, it is important that a neurosurgeon with expertise in neck and spine injuries, be consulted.
Make an Appointment at Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
For more information about neck and spine injuries, please call our specialists at Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, formerly the Brain and Spine Institute, at 678-312-2700, or complete the online form and our expert staff will contact you.