A broken neck, or cervical fracture, is diagnosed when a single or multiple of the seven cervical vertebrae in your neck suffer an injury that results in a fracture, break or crack, in the bone. Trauma to the cervical spine resulting in injury are known to be fairly common, especially among athletes but a broken neck usually leads to further complications and pain. There’s various ways of preventing a fracture to your cervical spine.
The neck is a very important structure that supports the head, connecting it to the shoulders and the body as well as protecting the spinal nerve roots that connect from the brain to the rest of the body. Avoiding injury is optimal for everyone as a fractured neck can result in serious complications depending on the degree of the injury. Several precautions can be taken for preventing a broken neck.
A key element of neck injury prevention during physical activity is to warm up. Starting out your work out routines with a couple of stretches is not enough, you also want to include a small series of aerobic exercises to release the muscles. If during any part of your warm up you don’t feel well, consider taking a break from physical exercise for the day.
Another important element for neck injury prevention is to wear protective headgear. Protective headgear for the appropriate sport was designed to ensure safety from suffering an injury and wearing it is advised at all times to be effective. A helmet should fit securely and snug around your head and the straps should be closed and tightened.
Neck injuries can occur for many reasons but not taking the necessary precautions or measures to avoid them are the main causes. Prevention is key for a cervical fracture but when precaution is not enough, seeking the appropriate treatment from a physical therapist and continuing with rehabilitation will help improve your injury.
By Dr. Alex Jimenez
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