SplintER Series: Diver’s Nightmare

A 27-year-old male presents with neck pain after diving headfirst into the shallow water of his pool. He has midline cervical spine tenderness and a normal neurological exam. CT of the cervical spine is shown below (Figure 1).
CT cervical spine of a Jefferson fracture

Figure 1. Case courtesy of Dr Andrew Dixon, Radiopaedia.org, rID: 9601