How is a Cervical Neck Fracture Treated?

A cervical neck fracture is a serious injury that can cause you a lifetime of pain if not treated immediately and in the appropriate manner. For this reason, it’s imperative to consult with an experienced medical team that can point you in the right direction.

Treatment of a cervical fracture depends largely on which vertebrae is injured, as well as the severity. For example, a minor fracture can be treated by wearing a brace or collar until the bone heals.

In the event of a more complex or severe injury, traction or surgical repair — such as a spinal fusion — may be necessary. Surgery is a last resort, as it’s associated with a long recovery period followed by physical therapy.

The one thing you never want to forget is that a neck or back injury is not something you should attempt to treat at home. Doing so puts you at risk for additional injury, which can make a full recovery a more challenging task. By consulting with a specialist, you’ll know you’re in good hands from the start. They can provide you with all the direction you need, from treatment options to recovery and everything in between.

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.