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.



An individual can experience severe neck pain following an injury.



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.



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.

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