sprains & fractures
Broken necks are common in America due to traffic accidents and sports injuries. Physicians always treat these seriously because damage can affect the vital spinal cord, located in the neck’s vertebrae. Patients must get immediate treatment for neck fractures from medical professionals. Care varies with the location and severity of a break. Options range from wearing a neck brace for a few weeks to surgery followed by extended recovery.
Like ligaments elsewhere in the body, those in the neck can get stretched or torn, resulting in a sprain. Typically, for healing, these injuries only require time and mild non-surgical treatments. Care options are icing, taking pain relievers, massaging, using ultrasound and/or exercising. Doctors also may recommend patients wear a soft collar to support the head and to aid in healing.