Cervical fractures are often referred to a “broken neck.” Forceful impact is often the main cause of cervical fractures. This can be from a motor vehicle accident, fall, sports injury that results in a traumatic blow to the head. Metastatic disease can also result in a fracture. One third of cervical fractures occur at the C2 level and one half occur at C6 or C7. Click Canadian C-Spine Rules or NEXUS to determine when radiograph truly is needed.
Cervical fractures can occur due to a flexion, flexion-rotation, extension, extension-rotation, vertical compression, or lateral flexion injury.
When a fracture is suspected it is imperative to obtain proper imaging of the entire cervical spine.
Including a lateral view, an AP view, and an open mouth odontoid view.
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