Neck and Back Injuries

neck and back injuries


Neck and back injuries are relatively rare in sport and more often occur from activities of daily living, such as waking up with a wry neck (torticollis). Neck injuries that are sustained in sport must be taken very seriously, especially if they are associated with symptoms of a concussion or referred pain into the shoulders and arms.

Neck and Back Injuries Symptoms

  • Someone with a neck or back injury may have localized pain, tenderness, and stiffness. Muscles on either side of the spinal column may spasm immediately after an injury or up to 24 hours later.
  • Numbness, tingling, or paralysis of an extremity indicates that a more serious injury may have occurred.
  • Any penetrating injury to the neck requires immediate treatment. Leave the object in place until medical personnel can remove it.

When should I see a doctor?

Significant trauma to the neck and upper back should always receive urgent medical care. Similarly, those that are associated with severe pain or ongoing impairment following a sporting injury should always be seen by a doctor or healthcare professional such as a physiotherapist, sports therapist, chiropractor or osteopath.

If you experience any of the following symptoms from an upper back or neck injury you should seek professional medical advice;

  • Severe neck or upper back pain.
  • Dizziness or a feeling of unsteadiness.
  • Blurred vision or altered vision.
  • Referred pain in the shoulders or arms following a neck or upper back injury, especially if the symptoms do not decrease within 24 hours.
  • “Pins and needles” (paresthesia) feeling or “loss if feeling” (anesthesia) in the arms or hands.

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