Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Broken Neck Outlook

What to expect with neck fracture:

  • Recovery from neck fractures depends on the extent of the injury.
  • Fractures may take 6 to 12 weeks to heal.
  • About 90 percent of those with a spinal cord injury are able to live independently.

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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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