Wilderness: Neck and Back Injuries (cont.)
Neck and Back Injuries Symptoms
- Someone with a neck or back injury may have localized pain, tenderness, and stiffness. Muscles on either side of the spinal column may spasm immediately after an injury or up to 24 hours later.
- Numbness, tingling, or paralysis of an extremity indicates that a more serious injury may have occurred.
- Any penetrating injury to the neck requires immediate treatment. Leave the object in place until medical personnel can remove it.
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD