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Compression fracture

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    Brandon Cohen DC, CSCS

      I want to play my position here.

      Patient came in after getting tossed by a Mexican fighting bull over the weekend and landed on his head. (The bull hit him from behind at about the knees and flipped him backwards. He landed on his head, then hands and knees) He has a lot of lower cervical spine pain, ranges of motion were all pretty terrible.

      We did some plain film, and he has a compression fracture of C7, and it looks like the anterior/superior endplate is broken. He will be getting an MRI this afternoon. His ranges of motion have deteriorated over the past 3 days, and pain has improved. I instructed him to get a soft collar until the MRI. I’ll have the results this evening or tomorrow morning. We talked about protective tension and why its important in situations like this.

      We have done very light treatment to UCF which has been palliative. What else is my role here? After getting the imaging we’ll know a lot more, but is this a hand off to the neuro/ortho, or is there other communication that should happen?


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