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Your neck is made up of seven bones – C1 through C7 vertebrae. These vertebrae are separated by intervertebral discs that allow movement in the neck. They also provide padding between the bones. The spinal column begins in the neck and runs down the entire back. Within the column is the spinal cord that is filled with nerves that are supported by muscles and ligaments.
Known as the cervical region of the spine, this part of the back is often the source of persistent pain. Many times, pain, weakness and numbness that can runs from the neck and through to the fingers are related to the nerves being compressed. Neck pain can be caused by mechanical disorders, including:
These conditions can result in troubling symptoms, such as numbness and tingling in the arm, fingers or hands, headache, shooting pain down an arm, loss of use or coordination in an arm or stiffness in the neck. They can be successfully controlled with conservative treatment – over-the-counter or prescription pain medication, muscle relaxants, cortisone injections, physical therapy, rest, ice or heat. Some resolve over time. If not, surgery may be an option for resolving the pain and discomfort.
Learn about some common surgical treatments to correct neck and back pain:
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