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Broken Neck Causes & Risks


A neck fracture is caused by severe trauma to the neck. Trauma includes:

  • Falls, such as from a horse or bike
  • Collisions, such as motorcycle or automobile
  • Diving into shallow water
  • Severe and sudden twist to the neck
  • Severe blows to the head or neck area

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease, condition, or injury. Risk factors for a neck fracture include:

  • Advancing age
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Osteoporosis
  • Certain contact sports, such as football or soccer
  • Violence
  • Not wearing your seatbelt when driving in a car
  • Head injury or other traumatic injury such as severe chest trauma, pelvis or femur fractures

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