Posted by: admin in Articles on November 19th, 2010

The part of the spinal column in the neck is called the Cervical Spine and has seven spinal vertebrae (neck bones).  They are numbered C-1 through C-7.  C-1 holds the head and is called the Atlas.  It gets its name from the Greek god, Atlas, who held the earth on his shoulders.  All mammals have the same number of cervical vetebrae.  It seems amazing that the long-necked giraffe and the smallest rodent have the same number of vertebrae as humans.

The neck vertebrae, when joined together by discs, muscles, tendons and connective tissue, form a tunnel through which the spinal chord travels and is known as the spinal column.  One of the spinal column’s main functions is protecting the spinal cord because severe injury to the spinal cord may cause instant paralysis or death.

Where vertebrae come together there are openings formed called intervertebral foramina.  Spinal nerves leave the spinal cord and exit the spinal column through these openings on their way to their final and specific destinations.  Blood vessels, lymphatic, fat, and connective tissues are also found in the intervertebral foramina.

Where spinal vertebrae misalign even slightly, or their normal mobility altered, sensory and motor nerves can be irritated or even damaged and cause nerve irritation, thus one of the most common contributuing factors in neck pain.  Misalignment also can cause reduced movement of the head, neck, shoulder, arm, wrist, hand, or fingers.

When you have neck pain, delaying proper treatment is dangerous and can result in a major health problem.  Seek a Chiropractor  for examination immediately.  The pain you suffer may be because the cause of the pain has been ignored or not properly treated.

No individuals, including those under our active care, should use the information, resources or tools contained within to self-diagnose or self-treat any health-related condition. Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by the doctor or other licensed health care professional.
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