Topic Overview

The possibility of a spinal injury must be considered anytime an
accident involves the head, face, neck, or back. Permanent paralysis may be
avoided if the injured person is kept from moving (immobilized) and is
transported correctly.

  • Do not move the person if
    you think he or she may have a spinal injury unless there is an immediate
    threat to his or her life, such as a fire. If there is immediate danger, keep
    the person’s head and neck supported and in a straight line while you move him
    or her to a safe place.
  • Do not remove the person from the water if he or she has been in a diving accident. Float
    the person face up in the water until help arrives.
  • Call 911 or other emergency services to transport the injured person if
    you think he or she may have a spinal injury. This will reduce the risk of more
    injury to the spinal cord.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine

Current as ofMarch 20, 2017

Current as of:
March 20, 2017