Soft Tissue Injury of the Neck

ExitCare Image A soft tissue injury of the neck needs medical care right away. These injuries are often caused by a direct hit to the neck. Some injuries do not break the skin (blunt injury). Some injuries do break the skin (penetrating injury) and create an open wound. You may feel fine at first, but the puffiness (swelling) in your throat can slowly make it harder to breathe. This could cause serious or life-threatening injury. There could be damage to major blood vessels and nerves in the neck. Neck injuries need to be checked by a doctor.


  • If the skin was broken, keep the area clean and dry. Care for your wound as told by your doctor.

  • Follow your doctor's diet advice.

  • Follow your doctor's advice about using your voice.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Keep your head and neck raised (elevated). Do this while you sleep, too.


  • Your voice gets weaker.

  • Your puffiness or bruising does not get better.

  • You have problems with your medicines.

  • You see fluid coming from the wound.

  • Your pain gets worse, or you have trouble swallowing.

  • You cough up blood.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You start to drool.

  • You start throwing up (vomiting).

  • You have new puffiness in the neck or face.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.