Cervical Compression Fracture

This occurs more commonly in the thoracic (mid-back) or lumbar (low back) compression fractures. Cervical compression fractures are much rarer and occur due to a hyper-flexed (bent forward) position or injury.

Symptoms

An individual can experience severe neck pain following an injury.

Diagnostic Testing

A comprehensive history and physical exam are important to evaluate for any neurological changes or any damage to the surrounding structures. Cervical spine X-rays are the best initial test and instability of the cervical spine needs to be evaluated.

Treatment

Mostly treated with a collar for up to 2 months. It is important to limit activity and movement through the cervical spine. Follow up cervical films will evaluate for instability.