C-spine clearance should not be a pain in the neck


In the UK, neck injury from blunt trauma is not an uncommon presentation in the emergency department (ED). However, the incidence of actual c-spine injury is low. Nevertheless, the majority of patients who present with blunt trauma neck pain are usually referred for radiography. It has been argued that this cautious approach is justified because of the potentially catastrophic consequences that may occur, should such an injury be misdiagnosed.

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