Neck Injury Treatment

28 Jun 2014

Any injury involving the neck. Accidents are a major cause of neck injuries. Neck injuries may cause pain or may affect a person’s ability to walk or stand normally if the spinal cord is also involved.

The spinal cord is the main pathway for information connecting the brain and peripheral nervous system. The length of the spinal cord is much shorter than the length of the bony spinal column. The human spinal cord extends from the medulla oblongata and continues through the conus medullaris near the first or second lumbar vertebra, terminating in a fibrous extension known as the filum terminale.03f0a68a66a4b078e2c1fa299ba2eaea_chiropractor-for-neck-pain3

The back and neck can sustain a number of injuries, including muscle strains, bone fractures, ligament tears, and nerve damage. Some common back and neck injuries include:

  • Compression fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Slipped or herniated discs
  • Sciatica

Most back/neck injuries involve injuries to the spine. Whiplash, which is due to a traumatic event that causes the head to move suddenly (”whip”) in one direction and then recoil in the other direction, often occurs as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

How is a neck injury diagnosed?

The doctors at Sall Myers diagnose whiplash by performing a thorough physical examination, sometimes followed by neck x-rays to rule out a more serious injury. You may then be sent for an open-air MRI scan to confirm the diagnosis of whiplash. If a cervical fracture is suspected, you will be examined by a board certified neurologist. You will then be sent for neck x-rays to confirm the presence of a fracture, and an MRI or other radiological testing to rule out spinal cord damage.


Spinal manipulation (usually performed by chiropractors and osteopaths) is another treatment option for certain neck conditions. The therapist uses their hands to adjust the joints in your neck with the aim of relieving pain and stiffness. Manipulation is not suitable for some people, and there is a small risk of serious side effects, including neck injuries and even stroke, so check with your doctor before receiving this treatment.

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