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Neck injuries are caused by any type of trauma to the neck — the vertebrae, spinal cord, nerves, spinal discs, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and tendons. Other areas that can be damaged during a neck injury are the esophagus and windpipe.
Severe neck injuries can be life threatening or lead to paralysis. If you suspect a severe neck injury, call 9-1-1 for emergency medical care. Dignity Health is dedicated to providing the latest diagnostic imaging and advanced medical treatment for neck injuries in Arizona.
While some symptoms of neck injury are noticeable right away, others may develop gradually.
Symptoms can include:
You should call 9-1-1 for:
If you need to go to the ER, use our InQuicker™ online tool by selecting your estimated hospital arrival time and waiting at home until your time to be seen. Upon arrival and check-in, you will see a nurse who will assess your situation and determine the next appropriate level of care.
The primary cause of a neck injury is blunt force trauma. This can happen from a fall, diving into shallow water, a motor vehicle accident, an accident at work, a sports injury, or a physical assault.
Treatment for a neck injury depends on the type and extent of the damage. Doctors at Dignity Health rely on noninvasive therapies and minimally invasive procedures to help restore proper function and mobility to the neck and spinal cord.
If you suspect a neck injury, call 9-1-1 and follow these steps until help arrives:
The best way to prevent a neck injury is to wear a seatbelt, avoid diving into shallow or unknown water, and do not lead with your head while playing sports.