A new study has highlighted the need to consider comorbid neck injuries in females with concussion-related emergency department (ED) visits. The research, published in the Journal of Women's Health, found women with concussion had significantly higher odds than males of sustaining a comorbid neck injury in a variety of circumstances and stages of their lives.
Researchers examined data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information National Ambulatory Care Reporting System on all patients with a first concussion-related ED visit between 2002/2003 and 2011/2012 (inclusive) in Ontario.
They found females with concussion had significantly higher odds of sustaining a comorbid neck injury between the ages of 5-49 years for all concussion-related ED visits, 15-49 years for motor vehicle collision-related concussion ED visits, and 10-39 years for sports-related concussion ED visits.
Commenting on the findings, Dr Susan G. Kornstein, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Women's Health said: "The finding that females with a concussion-related ED visit have an increased risk of sustaining a comorbid neck injury has important clinical implications."
"In the ED setting, increased consideration of potential comorbid neck injuries, especially among females ages 5 to 49 years, is warranted to enable timely intervention and treatment," she said