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Cervical Fracture

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a cervical fracture?

A cervical fracture is a break in a vertebra (bone) in your neck. The 7 cervical vertebrae are called C1 through C7. Cervical vertebrae support your head and allow your neck to bend and twist. The vertebrae enclose and protect the spinal cord. Nerves in the spinal cord control your ability to move.

Spinal Cord Injury

What are the signs and symptoms of a cervical fracture?

How is a cervical fracture diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask how your injury occurred. He or she will ask about your signs and symptoms and feel for painful areas on your neck. Your provider will check for problems with your muscles, reflexes, and sense of touch. You may also need any of the following tests:

How is a cervical fracture treated?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone else call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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