Broken Neck Treatment
Treatment for a neck fracture depends on the type and severity of the cervical fracture. Treatment usually includes a cervical collar, narcotic pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and muscle relaxants. Neck fractures that result in an injury to the spinal cord may require treatment with corticosteroids and surgery.
Treatment options for neck fracture include:
- Cervical collar for neck fracture
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Muscle relaxants:
- Surgery for neck fracture:
- Spinal fusion
- Disk surgery
- Physical therapy for neck fracture
- Traction for neck fracture
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Broken Neck Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of neck fracture.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Broken Neck Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat neck fracture:
Continue to Broken Neck Prevention
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