Monday, October 12, 2015

Teenagers (Sigh)


A high school football player gets in trouble for tackling players head-on. On lateral view of the neck in neutral alignment, you note developmental narrowing of the cervical spine canal as well as straightening of the normal cervical lordotic curve.

Challenge: What is this injury, first described in 1993?

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1 comment:

Craig Chen said...

Teenagers (sigh)

This is called spear tackler’s spine from repeated axial loading and microtrauma. There is a risk of permanent neurologic injury and the patient should be excluded from contact sports until return of normal cervical lordosis with physical therapy.

Source: UpToDate.