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.
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
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 x-rays to identify the location of the
fracture. Treatment options will be discussed after a cervical compression
fracture is confirmed.