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Painful Neck after Injury Overview

Another name for Painful Neck after Injury is Neck Injury.

What is a neck injury?
A person with a neck injury has damage to a structure within the neck. Common neck injuries include a neck contusion, neck strain, neck sprain, and neck fracture. Common causes of neck injury include automobile accidents, falls, and sports injuries. Soft tissue neck injuries include burns, stab wounds, lacerations, abrasions, and puncture wounds.

What are the symptoms of a neck injury?
Symptoms of a neck fracture include neck pain, neck tenderness near the spine, neck swelling, neck muscle spasm, and neck stiffness. Symptoms of a serious neck fracture include arm weakness, leg weakness, arm numbness, leg numbness, loss of bladder control, loss of bowel control, and an inability to walk.

How does the doctor treat a neck injury?
Treatment for a neck injury may include cold compresses, a cervical collar, narcotic pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and muscle relaxants. Neck injuries that result in an injury to the spinal cord may require treatment with corticosteroids and surgery.

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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