A neck fracture is a break in one or more of the seven cervical bones. The vertebrae are the bones that make up the spine. The cervical vertebrae in the neck are labeled C1-C7. They protect the spinal cord, support the neck, and allow for movement.

It is important to recognize the possibility of a neck fracture.

C1-C7 Fracture Sites
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A neck fracture is caused by severe trauma to the neck, which is strong enough to break the vertebrae. Trauma may be caused by:

  • Falls
  • Car, motorcycle, or pedestrian collisions
  • Diving into shallow water
  • Severe and sudden twist to the neck
  • Severe blows to the head or neck area