Spinal cord injury secondary to “head banging” at punk rock concert

A case report published on Cureus this month has highlighted the potential risks of “head banging”, a common dance form at certain types of music concerts.

Hasanga Fernando from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland and Associate Professor Joseph F. Baker, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon at Waikato Hospital, have reported the first ever case of cervical disc prolapse resulting in cervical myelopathy following an episode of “head banging” at a punk rock music concert.

“With sudden deceleration forces dissipated along the spine, there is potential for serious spinal column injury as a result of head banging,” they wrote in their article. 

“Clinicians must remain alert to this possibility and thoroughly investigate symptoms and signs precipitated by this activity,” the article concludes.

T2-weighted MRI showing spinal cord compression and focal cord oedema at the C6:7 level.

You can find the original article here: https://www.cureus.com/articles/26156-spinal-cord-injury-secondary-to-head-banging-at-a-punk-rock-concert

Spinal cord injury secondary to “head banging” at punk rock concert