Neck injuries can be debilitating or life-threatening, as the neck contains delicate nerves that supply critical organs, including the brain, the trachea and esophagus, and the voice box. Being careful to avoid injury in the first place is crucial, but navigating care options when needed is also important. When seeking treatment, understand the type of medical professional one needs, invest upfront in making the right diagnosis, explore alternatives to surgical treatment, and opt for minimally invasive procedures if surgery is necessary.
- Make sure that if one has terrible neck pain, they go to someone with Neurosurgical training
- Find a medical professional who is willing to get a proper diagnosis first before doing anything else
- Understand that there are many options for treatment. People’s first option might not be the best.
“As fall quickly approaches – and football, raking leaves, fall foliage trips and other activities will soon be on the rise – so will the potential for neck injuries. These injuries, which can be life-altering, require a careful approach to care.”