What is the treatment for cervical spine fractures?
QUESTION: What is the treatment for cervical spine fractures?
C-1 burst fracture (Jefferson fracture) – caused by axial loading. Treatment is rigid collar
C-2 hangman’s fracture – caused by distraction and extension. Treatment is traction and halo
C-2 odontoid fracture
– Type I – above base, stable
– Type II – at base, unstable (will need fusion or halo)
– Type III – extends into vertebral body (will need fusion or halo)
Facet fractures or dislocations – can cause cord injury; usually associated with hyperextension and rotation and with ligamentous disruption
Source: The Absite Review
Source: The Absite Review, p.223
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