Cervical Fracture

Diagram of the Cervical Spine (neck) showing normal anatomy
Diagram of the Cervical Spine (neck) showing normal anatomy

There are seven cervical bones (vertabrae) in the neck that support your head and connect it to your shoulders and body. A fracture (break or crack) in one of the cervical vertebrae is called a cervical fracture or a broken neck.

The cervical vertebrae enclose the spinal cord. The spinal cord is where the nerves from your brain go to the rest of the body. With a cervical fracture, the spinal cord may also be damaged.

Hence, a cervical fracture is a medical emergency.

8 November, 2013