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Severe pain in the neck after a fall. Not able to move the neck. Need to get an x-ray?

Hi, my good friend slipped this morning in the bathroom and hit the back of his neck on the bath tub (i don t know exactly how he managed to do so), and he now is unable to move his neck to the right and is in a lot of pain. I was wondering which would be the best course of action, to go to a doctor? or chiropractor? or get an x-ray? or any other forms of help, or would it be okay to just leave it and see if the pain passes (he think s he ll just wait out the pain) Thankyou
Asked On : Fri, 7 Sep 2012
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Feb 2014
Hello meg,

Thanks for posting your query

If your friend had injury over cervical spine region & if it is painful, then first you have to immobilse it by a cervical collar.

It may be a soft tissue injury or a cervical vertebra fracture.

So if it is a fracture, movement of neck can cause damage to the nerve root.

So you have to visit an orthopaedic surgeon for exam. of cervical spine & xray and treatment plan according to that.

Answered: Wed, 12 Sep 2012
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