If you have any of the symptoms below — especially if they are getting worse — call the Trauma Service or go to the nearest emergency department:
- Numbness, tingling, or burning.
- Arms or fingers feeling cold to the touch.
- Change in color — skin turning bluish or pale.
- Fever of 101.5°F or higher.
- Severe pain that is not relieved by pain medication.
- Signs of infection after surgery. These include swelling, redness, extra warmth, or pus oozing from the surgery site.
- Wearing a neck brace or cervical collar. A collar or brace will protect your spine while it heals.
- Surgery. Surgery may be required to correct any chronic or acute spine injuries in your neck.
- Modifying lifestyle and activities.
- Pain medications. Pain management may include over-the-counter medications or prescription opioid medications.
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