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Does a broken neck always cause paralysis?

Not all broken necks cause the patient to be paralyzed. However, until X-rays are taken, a patient with a neck injury should be stabilized and kept on a spine board.

(This answer provided for NATA by the University of Alabama Athletic Training Education Program.)

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