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what is the definition or description of: neck injury?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
A stress or force : Applied to the neck or cervical region that overcomes the strength of the neck's structures resulting in damage to those structures ranging from muscles, ligaments, joints, discs, bones or nerve tissue.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Neck Injury: A neck injury is any injury or trauma involving the neck. The neck consists of the cervical spine and spinal cord, nerves, intervertebral discs, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, in addition to the windpipe (trachea), esophagus, and blood vessels. Any of the neck tissues and organs can be affected by trauma.

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What are the tests for neck injury?

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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
PE/Xray/CT/MRI/etc: Evaluation starts with history of the injury and physical exam (testing for tenderness, range of motion, cranial nerve exam, motor/sensation/reflexes/limb-position sense, etc). Imaging tests include x-rays (screening for trauma, arthritis), ct scan (more sensitive for fractures), and MRI (best for evaluating discs, ligaments, spinal cord). Nerve conduction+emg can help diagnose nerve injuries.
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What is the treatment for neck injury?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: This depends on the type of structures injured. Some people with a disc herniation may sleep sitting up in a recliner but if just arthritic or muscular in nature, then with just a small pillow supporting your head while on your side or on your back.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How to support a neck injury when laying down?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: This depends on the type of structures injured. Some people with a disc herniation may sleep sitting up in a recliner but if just arthritic or muscular in nature, then with just a small pillow supporting your head while on your side or on your back.
A 37-year-old member asked:

I have a penetrating neck injury. What should I do?

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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Go to emergency room: Put pressure on wound if bleeding. Hurry!
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the step-by-step procedure for treating neck injury?

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Dr. Behnam Myers
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 20 years experience
Depends : Each injury is different. They type of injury dictates the treatment.

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