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How Long Does It Normally Take For A Broken Neck To Heal Completely
It varies widely: The length of time can vary widely depending on age of the patient, severity of the fracture, stability of the fracture, associated injuries, associated medical conditions and patient nutritional status. Diabetics and smokers, among others, heal slower than those without these risk factors. You should see a specialist and seek their advice regarding each individualized scenario. ...Read more
-can vary from relatively minor 2 serious. A clay shoveler's Fx is avulsion of the tip of a spinous process, painful not Sirius. CS body Fx can be a compression but not unstable, & a CS Fx that includes the posterior elements can B very unstable & srius. There R many in between theses extremes. The more severe R traumatic injuries, usually high energy as MVA's, or fall from ...Read more
Several months: I am assuming this happened as a result of trauma. The most important thing is to rule out cord compromise by MRI or CT scan which would require immediate surgery. If the spinal cord is intact then an appropriate Cervical Collar should be prescribed by the Ortho spine or Neuro surgeon. This is to avoid possible further trauma or displacement of vertebra. If no hx of osteoporosis, 3-4 m to heal ...Read more
More info: Depends on type of fracture and neurologic injury need more info generally 6 weeks for bone and soft tissue at minimum ...Read more
Usually 3 months: Depending on the severity of the injury and fracture (break), most commonly the fracture heals within 3 months. ...Read more
Depends on treatment: Femoral neck fractures can be treated with fixation or replacement when displaced. When fixed, you can expect about 12 weeks for the fracture to heal. Weight bearing will be limited during the healing process. If the fracture is treated with replacement, hemi-arthroplasty, recovery is faster. There are limitations with a hemi-arthroplasty. A healed fracture should function well. ...Read more
3+ months: Fractures of c1 and C2 range from very mild fractures to severe fractures that place the spinal cord at risk. Some need a simple collar, some a halo, and others a surgery. Depending on the specific fracture and how it is treated, it can take 3-6 months to be completely healed. All c1 and C2 fractures should be seen by a spine surgeon to make sure they heal properly to protect your spinal cord. ...Read more
Excessive exercise is a bad idea with a broken neck. A slip, trip, or fall can cause paralysis. If the collar is in place and the patient has no neurological impairment and if the fracture is stable in the collar (only your spine surgeon can tell you this),
then walking is your only activity. ...Read more
Yes: If you get it immobilized in time, and the vertebrae don't injure your spine, you may do well. Even if you are paralyzed, you can survive, although you may need a breathing machine (ventilator) to live (depending on how high/severe the injury is). ...Read more
Unlikely unless: There is an underlying problem creating a weakness of the bone like parathyroid or thyroid issues, kidney issues, an underlying tumor in the bone, dietary issues or malabsorption problems to name a few. If otherwise healthy, there should be no issues with typical exercise routines. ...Read more
Watch intake: Match input change with output exercise change jeal neck first then address other less important issues rest and stillness help fractures heal. ...Read more
Depends on injury: Neurologic recovery may be static. The bones will heal and although it may take 2 years, the bone original pain can subside. ...Read more
Vertebrae: The vetebrae are broken, which are the actual bones of the spine that contain the spinal cord within the central canal. ...Read more
Neck injury: Traumatic neck injury is lethal. It can cause quadriplegia if the spinal cord is severely damaged or transected. If there is a small, linear fracture in the vertebral body or in the surrounding bones (lamina, spinous process, or transverse process), the fracture can heal itself over time provided that there is no spinal cord or nerve root compromise. Consult with your local spine surgeon. ...Read more
Hold neck still: You put one hand on either side of the head to stabilize the cervical spine, and proceed with cpr. The chest compressions are more important than the respirations but hold the neck in the midline and stabilize the spine while doing CPR unless the neck is not centered- do not attempt to center the neck if it appears dislocated. Just keep it immobile. ...Read more
Paralysis of the diaphragm- the muscle to breathe gets it's innervation from the upper spinal cord through cervical nerves 2, 3, and 4. So fracturing the spine and injuring the spinal cord high above these nerves causes loss of respiration (like christopher reeves) and death.
The instant death occurs in craniocervical dislocation- the spinal cord becomes torn at the junction of the brain. ...Read more
Yes, definitely: Yes, through hypotension, an uncontrolled drop in blood pressure. This can definitely be a problem in paralyzed patients. It is rarely a problem in broken necks not associated w/ paralysis. Talk to ur doctor, as there are many causes of blackouts. A good internist or family doc can figure it out. And remember, even w/ a broken neck, one can have the mundane problems we all have (heart dz, etc.) ...Read more
Varies: Varies a lot based upon the nature of the fracture and the nature if the surgery. In general, the surgery is done either through the front or back of the neck and usually involves the use of some form of instrumentation as well as a fusion. I would definitely discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more
Yes: Contrary to normal CPR do not lean head backwards. ...Read more
See below: In someone with no pulse and no breathing, CPR takes priority over everything else, otherwise the person will die. If you suspect trauma to the neck there are techniques to administer CPR without moving the neck. This is discussed in every basic life support course which is a great thing to take. ...Read more
If your not supposed to move someone who might have a broken neck/spine, how do you help them poop?
Call 911: The initial step is to get this individual evaluated to determine if there is a fracture of the spine. ...Read more
If able, yes: If you are able to walk, walking will not interfere with your recovery and may help in conditioning the muscles. ...Read more
Had neck pain and tension. Then bumped head in refridgerator. I'm scared of broken neck now. Doesn't hurt when I sit down. Have anxiety. Is it broken?
Doubt fracture......: Bone fractures are very painful and the trauma you mentioned is not severe enough to fracture a bone at your age. ...Read more
What is going on in my head? My head hurts real bad! My head hurts real bad, it feels like electric shock coming and going, the pain is on the back right side of my head. I do have major back problems and have had a broken neck six years ago. I don't know
Pain: Pain in the back of the head that is intermittent and "electrical" is often caused by occipital neuralgia. The occipital nerve comes up past a little notch in the mastoid bone behind the ear. You may have injured the nerve when you had your neck injury. I agree with the other doctors who suggested that you get checked out. Occipital neuralgia can be treated. Check with your primary care doctor who will probably send you to a neurologist. ...Read more
I have a broken neck... My c2 is broke and my c1 and c3 are damage...They had to run 2rods and a plate from the base of my skull to my c4 6screws als.
Sounds bad: But a broken neck requires stabilization to prevent spine damage and quadraplegia. ...Read more
Broken neck 13 weeks ago, in a brace since. Received CT scan results today shows bone healing on one break, scar tissue on 2nd. Will I now need an op?
That's a? 4 Ur--: --spine surgeon. Only he/she can answer that. 13 wks is early, so it still may heal. But a brace does not immobilize as well as plates or screws & rods. It also depends on what was fractured, pedicals, facets, body, & the option 4 a brace is made on these factors, & how unstable the fracture is if @ all. ...Read more
Spine surgeon: I think that in your case, you need to find this out from your spine surgeon. I assume that you have one who fitted you with the halo. ...Read more
Reconstruction: Depends on complication. If you are under age of 55 and you developed deformity or the fracture did not heal it is not unreasonable to reposition the proximal femur and the fracture orientation through a surgery called an osteotomy. In other cases a hip replacement is a possibility. In the younger population an effort to preserve the hip should be made. ...Read more
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