Neck fracture treatment can be complex, lengthy

A motor vehicle accident will turn your life upside down, as you're forced to deal with challenges associated with your health, finances and future.

A neck fracture, for example, is one of the most serious injuries you can experience. Not only can it permanently alter your health, but it can also affect your ability to enjoy your life and earn a living.

On the plus side, there are a variety of treatment options for a neck fracture, including the following:

  • Immobilization: For example, if the responding paramedics suspect a neck fracture or similar injury, they'll immobilize and stabilize your neck and back to prevent additional damage.
  • Initial care: Upon presenting at a local hospital, your medical team will assess your condition to determine the next steps. This typically focuses on the severity of the fracture, the location and whether there is any spinal cord damage or injury to the nerve.
  • Neck collar: A minor fracture typically calls for a collar to be worn for approximately eight weeks. This keeps your neck stable and in line while you recover.
  • Traction: Serious injuries, or those that are unstable, are typically treated with a halo vest. Traction keeps movement to a minimum while you heal.
  • Surgery: It's not always required to treat a neck fracture, but surgery may be necessary to insert screws, wires or plates to reconnect displaced pieces of bone. It may also be necessary to relieve pressure on nerves and/or the spinal cord.
  • Medication: There's no medication to treat a neck fracture, but it is often necessary to assist with pain and fight off an infection.

Regardless of the severity of the neck fracture, long-term rehabilitation is often necessary. For instance, if your injury has made it difficult to use your arms and/or legs, you'll have to learn how to live your life in a different manner.

If you have a neck fracture, it's critical to follow the guidance of your medical team. Once you understand your injury, turn your attention to the cause of the accident, who was responsible and the steps you can take in California to obtain compensation from the negligent party.

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