What does C2 spine control?

What does C2 spine control?

Nerves in the cervical spine Cervical nerves C1, C2 and C3 control your forward, backward and side head and neck movements. The C2 nerve provides sensation to the upper area of your head; C3 gives sensation to the side of your face and back of your head.

What is a C2 spinal cord injury?

If the spinal cord becomes compressed at the C2 level, it can cause pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness in the arms or legs, loss of bowel and/or bladder control, and other problems. Severe cases of spinal cord injury at C2 can be fatal because breathing and other critical body functions may be impaired or stop.

What happens when your C2 is out of place?

Cervical C2 Vertebrae When your C2 vertebra becomes subluxated, it can result in pain and difficulty rotating your head, as well as creating specific health problems that affect your eyesight, hearing, sinuses, head and even your tongue.

What would happen if you injure your C1 C2 vertebrae?

A C1 through C2 vertebrae injury is considered to be the most severe of all spinal cord injuries as it can lead to full paralysis—but is most often fatal. Depending upon their severity, these types of spinal cord injury are either categorized as complete or incomplete.

How serious is C2 fracture?

Injuries to the C1 and C2 vertebrae are rare, accounting for only 2% of spinal injuries each year. However, they are also considered to be the worst spinal cord injury that it is possible to sustain, and often fatal.

What are symptoms of C2 misalignment?

Other symptoms of a C2 misalignment can include suffering pain around the eyes, earaches, loss of hearing, fainting spells, and dizziness. Part of this is because the nerve bundles and roots protected by the C2 affect areas of your body that have to do with coordination and balance, such as your ears and sinuses.

What are the odds of surviving a C2 fracture?

C2 fractures are associated with a 20% and 40% increased risk of mortality within 3 months and 2 years, respectively. The majority of C2 fracture types are type-II dens fractures. This is troublesome because these have a pseudoarthrosis (non-union) rate that exceeds 50%.

How do you fix a C2 fracture?

Treatment for type I C2 (axis) fractures is hard-collar immobilization for 6-8 weeks, which usually is quite successful. Type II fractures can be managed conservatively or surgically….Odontoid fractures

  1. Halo immobilization.
  2. Internal fixation (odontoid screw fixation)
  3. Posterior atlantoaxial arthrodesis.

Why are C1 and C2 injuries fatal?

In addition to the initial vertebral injury, the interference at the C1 and/or C2 level can cause the vertebral arteries to inflict neurological damage; leaving the brain without a vital source of blood. Symptoms following an injury to the cervical vertebrae C1 and C2 may include: Complete paralysis of arms and legs.

How do you fix C2 vertebrae?

Some common nonsurgical treatments for C1-C2 include:

  1. Medication.
  2. Immobilization.
  3. Physical therapy.
  4. Chiropractic manipulation.
  5. Traction refers to stretching and/or realigning the spine to relieve direct nerve pressure and stress on the vertebral levels.

Can a chiropractor adjust C2?

Symptoms of a C2 Subluxation Symptoms of a C2 vertebra subluxation can range from mild to severe. Many people who suffer from conditions like chronic sinusitis or allergies have said that chiropractic adjustment(s) can help these problems up right away.

How serious is a C2 break?

C1 and C2 Vertebrae Breaks, Fractures, and Misalignments Atlas C1 and axis C2 injuries are the most severe because damage to the spinal cord at any level has potential to remove communication to the rest of the body below that point.

How long does it take for a C2 fracture to heal?

Odontoid fractures. Treatment for type I C2 (axis) fractures is hard-collar immobilization for 6-8 weeks, which usually is quite successful. Type II fractures can be managed conservatively or surgically.

How do I realign my C2?

Can you survive a C2 fracture?

Severe C2 fractures may require surgery and physical therapy. If a C2 fracture does not result in paralysis, the victim may experience pain or problems moving the head until the fracture completely heals. The prognosis for a C2 fracture is typically good if the fracture didn’t cause paralysis.

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