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Here is a quick mnemonic ” CERVICAL SPINE “ to remember about facts related to Trauma To The Cervical Spine .

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams

Trauma to the cervical spine refers to an injury or damage to the seven vertebrae of the neck that make up the cervical spine. The cervical spine is an important part of the body that supports the head and enables the neck’s motion. Trauma to this area can result in serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.

Trauma To The Cervical Spine : How To Remember Easily ?

  • C – Compression of the spinal cord is a risk with trauma
  • E – Emergency immobilization of the neck is crucial
  • R – Radiography should be obtained based on clinical context
  • V – Visualization by MRI is preferred for suspected vertebral artery or spinal cord injury
  • I – Imaging may be necessary even after mild trauma in certain individuals
  • C – Canadian C-spine rule recommends imaging for certain criteria
  • A – Automobile accidents can cause whiplash injury
  • L – Likely mechanism of whiplash injury involves injury to facet joints
  • S – Symptoms of whiplash injury can persist for a year or longer
  • P – Prognosis for whiplash injury improved when compensation was removed from the Australian healthcare system
  • I – Imaging of the cervical spine is useful for detecting disk herniations after 6 weeks of persistent symptoms
  • N – Neurologic deficits indicate a higher risk of significant traumatic injury
  • E – Essential to minimize further spinal cord injury from movement of unstable cervical spine segments.


Dr. Arin Nandi

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