Cervical Compression Fractures

Cervical Compression Fractures

Cervical compression fractures can be caused by a multitude of things. In the elderly, it is commonly caused by a fall. However, compression fractures are also seen in people of different ages if they have been involved in an accident, on the job injury or involved in sports injuries. In these cases, there may be other underlying injuries that may cause swelling, bruising and pain in the neck area or throughout the back. Any injury in which there is a question as to whether a compression fracture exist, medical treatment should be sought immediately so that further damage (possibly permanent) is not done to the spine or spinal cord.

Symptoms

In addition to pain, symptoms of cervical compression fractures may include:

  • In the elderly, loss of height may occur
  • Kyphosis (or humpback)
  • Neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or weakness
  • Possible loss of balance
  • ŸPain

Diagnosis

Our expert team at SCCNS will evaluate the severity of your case based on numerous things which will include a history, physical evaluation as well as diagnostic tests such as xrays to identify the location of the fracture. Treatment options will be discussed after a cervical compression fracture is confirmed.

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