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Wilderness: Neck and Back Injuries (cont.)

Neck and Back Injuries Treatment

  • Immobilize the head, neck, and back. Place soft packing on either side of the head to prevent side-to-side motion. Clothing or towels are handy for this purpose.
  • If the victim needs to vomit, roll the head, neck, and body as a unit so the person rests on his or her side (preferably, one person should control the head of the person with the injury while another person rolls the shoulders and hips).
  • Monitor the victim for loss of movement and development of numbness.
  • Move the person only when necessary to preserve life.
  • CPR may be required.

When to Seek Medical Care

  • Seek immediate medical treatment.

For More Information

MedlinePlus, Spinal/neck injury

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


"Evaluation and acute management of cervical spinal column injuries in adults"

Last Reviewed 12/24/2015
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