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A neck injury is any injury or trauma involving the neck. The neck consists of vertebrae, spinal cord, nerves, spinal discs, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, in addition to the windpipe, esophagus, and blood vessels. Trauma can affect any of the neck tissues. Neck injuries can be serious and may lead to serious or life-threatening complications, such as loss of movement (paralysis). Neck injuries should have medical attention.
If you’ve received a neck injury in Sacramento or the surrounding areas, it’s important that you have it looked at by a professional at Dignity Health so it can heal properly. Dignity Health is equipped to provide the medical expertise you need at a location near you. In addition to having state-of-the-art emergency rooms at all six hospitals, Mercy General Hospital is a Spine Center of Excellence, and Mercy San Juan Medical Center is a Level 2 Trauma Center.
Call 911 for immediate emergency care or use our online waiting service, InQuicker™, to select an estimated arrival time at a Dignity Health ER.
Symptoms of a neck injury vary with the specific type of injury. Some symptoms can be seen immediately. Others may not appear until later. Signs and symptoms can include:
Seek emergency care (call 911) for the following symptoms:
Our suggested treatment options depend on the type and severity of neck injury. Minor injuries, such as superficial wounds, usually heal with home management. For severe neck injuries, dial 911 and follow these first aid instructions:
You can help prevent neck injuries by:
Rely on the emergency doctors at Dignity Health to deliver personalized treatment and the latest techniques and technologies for your care.