Cervical Fracture – Frisco, TX
The surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in the treatment of various orthopedic conditions affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. They use advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat minor to major cervical fractures.

Cervical Fracture

A cervical fracture is a condition which involves breaking of the vertebrae in the neck. The Cervical spine consist of 7 bones known as C1 to C7 that are responsible for controlling neck movements such as bending and twisting. They also provide protection to the neck.  

Types Of Cervical Fractures

  • Odontoid fracture: It occurs when there is a break in odontoid, a part of C2 vertebrae.
  • Hangman's fracture: A break in axis or C2 vertebrae results in hangman’s fracture.
  • Jefferson fracture: It is caused when there are 3- 4 breaks in C1 vertebrae or the atlas. It may also result in breaking of the bone in axis.
  • Teardrop fracture: In this fracture, breaks may occur in lower cervical spine, most commonly in C5 and C6 vertebrae.

Causes Of Cervical Fracture

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Injuries from contact sports or skateboarding
  • Diving in a shallow pool
  • Symptoms Of Cervical Fracture
  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Inability to move the neck

Diagnosis Of Cervical Fracture

A doctor may physically examine the patient and evaluate the symptoms. He may carefully assess the muscles and reflexes. Imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scan and MRI may be conducted to determine the site and cause of the injury.   

Treatment For Cervical Fracture

  • Traction: This procedure involves use of weights in order to straighten the cervical spine.
  • Rest: The doctor may recommend taking sufficient rest and avoiding any activity that may strain the neck.
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed by the doctor to provide relief from discomfort.
  • Physical therapy: The doctor may suggest physical therapy to strengthen the muscles and restore the mobility of the cervical spine.
  • Immobilization: It helps in providing support to the spine and limiting the movement of the neck as well as head.
    • Halo brace: It is connected to the head with the help of pins and helps in limiting the movement of neck.  
    • Semi- rigid collar: Plastic plates are used in the semi rigid collar to prevent side and up-down movements of neck. It is generally worn in case of major fracture.  
    • Soft collar:  A flexible soft collar may be worn to support the neck and hinder its movement.  

Surgery:

When the fracture is severe, a surgery may be recommended.

  • Bone fusion: In this procedure, the surgeon may make incisions in the neck to fuse the vertebrae with the help of metal plates, screws or wires. The surgery may help to provide stability to the neck.

Prevention Of Cervical Fracture

  • Wearing a seat belt while driving can reduce the impact of sudden jerks, thus help in preventing cervical fractures.
  • Protective equipment should be worn while playing sports in order to prevent cervical fractures.   

For treatment of cervical fracture, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.