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A neck injury is trauma to any part of the neck. This can include the esophagus and windpipe as well as nerves, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, muscles, spinal discs, the spinal cord or vertebrae. Neck injuries require medical attention since they can lead to serious or fatal complications, including paralysis.
If you or someone you love has a neck injury in the Bay Area, visit a Dignity Health emergency room as soon as possible. We’re here to offer quick and efficient emergency care around the clock at one of our Bay Area hospitals:
Neck injuries are usually caused by trauma. They can be the result of car accidents, falls, physical assault, diving into shallow water, or accidents at work or during sports or other leisure activities.
Symptoms of a neck injury vary with the type of injury. Some symptoms may not appear immediately. Symptoms can include:
Call 9-1-1 for the following symptoms:
When you come to a Dignity Health emergency room with a neck injury, we’ll quickly provide treatment with personal care and make a plan for your recovery — supporting you every step of the way.
Minor injuries usually heal with home management. For severe neck injuries, call 9-1-1 and follow these first aid instructions:
You can help prevent head injuries by not leading with your head while playing sports, not diving into unknown or shallow water, and using your seat belt.
Dignity Health provides emergency care for trauma, including neck injury, in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.