Neck Pain and Spinal Injuries

The neck (cervical spine) is composed of 7 vertebrae which begin at the base of the skull and end in the upper torso . The bony vertebrae along with the ligaments and muscles provide stability to the spine. The muscles allow for support and motion. The neck has a significant amount of motion and supports the weight of the head, in the adult weigh between 14-16 pounds. However, because it is less protected than the rest of the spine, the neck can be vulnerable to injury and disorders that produce pain and restrict motion. For many people, neck pain is a temporary condition that disappears with time. Others need medical diagnosis and treatment to relieve their symptoms.

This information helps explain some of the causes of and treatment for neck pain. However, does not replace an examination or the advice of a physician.