Acute management of cervical spine trauma

Joseph Dadabo, Prakash Sidha Jayabalan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Traumatic cervical spine injuries represent a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in sports. Appropriate management of such injuries is critical to minimizing harm and facilitating optimal long-term recovery and outcome. Management strategies begin with emergency preparedness amongst sideline providers and extends to paramedic services and medical teams in the acute care setting. This chapter outlines the principles of treatment across the care continuum, with a primary focus on hospital-based care. Diagnostic imaging and equipment considerations are reviewed, with discussion of corticosteroid administration, therapeutic hypothermia, and traction of the cervical spine. Approaches to cervical spine stabilization and return to play are also detailed, with an emphasis on patient-centered care and individualized treatment approaches to the athlete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752
ISSN (Electronic)2212-4152


  • acute
  • cervical spine
  • equipment
  • management
  • return to play
  • sports medicine
  • stabilization
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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