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Cervical fracture in a nordic skier.

Research paper by T T Floyd

Indexed on: 01 Dec '99Published on: 01 Dec '99Published in: The Physician and sportsmedicine



Abstract

Cervical injuries with subtle physical and radiographic signs can occur in any sport, even those that do not usually produce significant musculoskeletal trauma. In this case, a cross-country skier's symptoms-shoulder pain and thumb numbness-were initially thought to represent a shoulder injury. Reflex testing raised the possibility of a cervical spine injury. Radiographs were negative for fracture, but computed tomography revealed a fracture of the C-6 right articular pillar. The patient was placed in a rigid cervical orthosis. After 4 months the patient's symptoms resolved and the fracture healed.