Hyperextension Injuries of the Cervical Spine

HYPEREXTENSION INJURIES OF THE CERVICAL SPINE If you or a loved one experienced a hyperextension injury of the cervical spine, you should consider getting custom made pillows. Hyperextension injuries of the cervical spine are injuries that result from an abrupt, forceful motion toward the rear. The injuries may include dislocations, disc subluxation/disruption, ligamentous tears, and fractures of the paravertebral and vertebral structures; dissection of the carotid artery or vertebral artery; cervical sprain or strain; and CCS (central cord syndrome) from vascular insult or cord compression. Hyperextension injuries from sports are more common in adults below thirty years of age. Central cord syndrome mostly occurs in older group of people. Males are the usual patients. About 25% of spinal injuries are brought about by hyperextension. Symptoms and Causes of Hyperextension Injuries The following are some of the known symptoms of cervical spine hyperextension injuries:
  • Jaw pain
  • Neck stiffness and pain (develops right after the accident and worsens one to two days after)
  • Para spinal spasm of tightness
  • Lower back and interscapular pain
  • Tenderness of the neck
  • Limited ROM (range of motion)
  • Fatigue
  • Occipital headaches
  • Vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness of arm and shoulders
  • Dysphagia or retropharyngeal swelling.
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Arm and leg weakness
  • Sphincter disturbance (the spinal cord might be damaged)
Hyperextension injuries of the cervical spine may result from assaults, sports injuries, head restraints that do not fit, vehicular accidents, poor posture, and bad falls. In a road accident, hyperextension injuries happen to people inside a slow vehicle, hit by a fast-moving vehicle from behind. Their bodies are thrown forward but the neck and extremities extend backwards. Custom Made Pillows Make Things Better Treatment and management of hypertension injuries require patience and consistency. To enforce immobilization, you can consider using soft collars. Rest is a vital ingredient in recuperating from hyperextension injuries of the cervical spine. Proper alignment of the cervical spine as you slumber is important in the process of healing. With a good custom made pillow, you can achieve relaxation as you sleep. Since it follows and supports the curves of your back, shoulder, and neck, you can forget about waking up with pain in your neck. Choose the custom-made pillows that can accommodate the needs of your cervical spine, head, and shoulders during sleep.
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