During a vehicular crash, the sudden deceleration and impact can forcefully whip your neck in a rapid forward and backward movement. This may result in a whiplash injury, the tearing of the muscles and tendons in your neck, or a traumatic injury to the cervical spine and spinal cord. To prevent further damage, the neck should be immobilized and secured with a cervical collar.
Auto accidents are the most common cause of SCI and the prognosis is strongly influenced by the severity of the injury and the availability of high-quality medical care post-accident. If the emergency medical personnel suspects SCI, proper immobilization measures are necessary to prevent further injury before transporting the patient to the nearest emergency department.
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