Traumatic cervical instability in martial arts
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, ISSN 0905-7188, E-ISSN 1600-0838, Vol. 17, no 1, 92-93 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Severe injuries in martial arts are rare and only few spinal injuries have been reported so far.
Objective: To sensitise for cervical spine instability even after low impact sports trauma.
Case: A 27-years old male athlete tried to escape a headlock during a jujitsu fight and reported acute neck pain. Neurologically the patient remained intact. Conventional X-ray, CT and MRI revealed discoligamental instability at C6/7. Thus an anterior fusion at C6/7 was performed with excellent 2-years follow-up result.
Conclusions: Only relatively little force is needed to disrupt cervical spinal ligaments if torsion is involved. Sports physicians need to recognise the discipline-related injury-patterns and martial arts-schools should re-evaluate their rules of safety concerning cervical spine-injuries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 17, no 1, 92-93 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-170593DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2006.00596.xPubMedID: 17076831OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-170593DiVA: diva2:509335