Mild traumatic brain injury and primary neck pain

Takeaway

  • Many patients presenting to emergency departments (EDs) with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) report neck pain rated similar/worse than other symptoms, most commonly following motor vehicle crashes.

Why this matters

    Consensus statements regarding mTBI recognize cervical spine injury as a potential concurrent diagnosis and recommend clinical evaluation, though research is lacking; these findings provide empirical evidence to support these statements.