Neck and Back Injuries
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Ivette Motola, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James Kimo Takayesu, MD
Neck and Back Injuries Overview
Trauma to the neck and back can lead to spinal cord injury and permanent disability. If trauma occurs, the neck and back should be splinted and movement should be avoided. Accurately determining the cause and extent of the injury is important. The vertebral column has many ligaments and muscles that protect the spinal cord and assist in movement. Injury to any of these structures may cause significant and debilitating pain, even if a neck or back injury does not involve the nerves.
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