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Your neck consists of the windpipe, esophagus, blood vessels, and several interconnected physical structures — vertebrae, spinal cord, nerves, spinal discs, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Damage to any one of these areas is cause for concern.
Trauma is the main cause of neck injuries. Such trauma can result from:
Traumatic neck injuries can affect any of the neck tissues, and lead to serious, life-threatening complications — such as paralysis. You should always have a neck injury examined by a medical professional.
Our knowledgeable health experts are here to help you through unexpected medical conditions, such as neck injuries, in Northern California. If you sustained a neck injury, visit a Dignity Health North State emergency room for evaluation as soon as possible. Use our InQuicker tool to select an estimated arrival time.
Different types of neck injuries cause different symptoms. Some symptoms appear immediately, while others may not be noticed until some time later. Neck injury symptoms include:
Call 911 or seek emergency care for these symptoms:
Treatment of neck injuries depends on the exact type and severity of the trauma. Superficial wounds and minor injuries typically can be handled at home.
For severe neck injuries, however, call 911 and follow these instructions for first aid:
To avoid neck injuries, use your seat belt, do not dive into shallow water (or water of unknown depth), and do not lead with your head when playing sports.
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Dignity Health provides personal emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week for neck injuries, in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.