Many different problems can affect the neck — or cervical spine — especially with age. Treatment for neck conditions can range from a conservative approach that involves rest and over-the-counter medication to spinal surgery. Neck conditions may occur with age, trauma or disease, or a combination of factors. This blog describes common cervical spine conditions and how they are treated.
In this blog, we'll describe the components of cervical spine anatomy, including the vertebrae, ligaments, nerves, veins, and arteries that make up the neck.
The primary function of the cervical spine is the mobility, support and protection of spinal canal and neural structures. The cervical spine is made up of:
- 7 vertebrae
- 6 intervertebral discs
- 8 pairs of exiting nerve roots
The vertebrae are C1-C7. The primary motion at the C1-C2 joint is rotation.