Catastrophic cervical spinal injury in an amateur college wrestler

Jayakrishnan Kelamangalathu Narayana Kurup, Ravitheja Jampani, Simanchal P. Mohanty

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Abstract

A young amateur wrestler presented with a burst fracture of the seventh cervical vertebra with complete paraplegia. He was treated with surgery for spine stabilisation and was actively rehabilitated. Adolescents and teenagers are indulging in high-contact sports like wrestling, without proper training and technical know-how, which can lead to severe injuries and possibly, permanent handicap or death. Trainers, assistants and institutions should be well equipped to diagnose and provide initial care of people with a spinal injury to prevent a partial injury from progressing to complete injury. Athletes, coaches and the public should be aware of methods of first aid and how to transport a patient with a cervical spine injury. Authorities should take steps to improve infrastructures in training institutions and ambulance services. Specialised spinal centres should be established throughout the country for management and rehabilitation of patients with paraplegia.

Original languageEnglish
Article number220260
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Volume2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2017

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Narayana Kurup, J. K., Jampani, R., & Mohanty, S. P. (2017). Catastrophic cervical spinal injury in an amateur college wrestler. BMJ Case Reports, 2017, [220260]. https://doi.org/10.1136/bcr-2017-220260