The pediatric orthopedic specialists with Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville (COOL), affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, are the foremost providers of pediatric orthopedic care in Louisville, Kentucky, and Southern Indiana. Our fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic specialists provide specialized care for children and teens with cervical spine injuries.
A cervical spine injury is an injury to the upper portion of the spine, including the neck and just below the neck. The severity of the injury depends on which part of the seven cervical vertebrae was affected, from C3 to C7. Depending on where the injury is located, the following could happen:
In general, a child’s spinal column is more elastic than an adult’s, providing extra protection from severe injury. However, a child usually reaches skeletal maturity at age 15 or 16. Teens and young adults between ages 16 to 24 have the highest rates of cervical spine injury, meaning that their injuries can mimic those of adults.
The most common cervical spine injuries happen due to:
Other causes can include:
Treatment plans for cervical spine injuries will be unique based on a child’s age, location of injury and current condition. Treatment options can include: