Is neck pain
If you have neck pain, no one has to tell you how it disrupts your entire life. Even everyday things cause excrutiating pain. Knowing what causes your pain won’t make it feel any better, but understanding the source can help you start your journey to greater healing.
About your neck
The spine in your neck area is called the cervical spine and is made up of the first seven vertebrae in the spine, starting just below the skull and ending just above the thoracic spine (upper back). Your cervical spine is a lot more mobile than the other two sections, with the ability to turn in many different directions.
Unlike the rest of the spine, there are special openings, called vertebral foramen, in each vertebra of your cervical spine. These openings provide a passageway for arteries to carry blood to the brain.
Although your cervical spine is very flexible, it is also at risk for injury from strong, sudden movements, such as whiplash-type injuries. This is due in part to the limited number of muscles located in the cervical area, combined with the fact the cervical spine has to support the weight of the head, which weighs an average of 10 – 13 pounds.
These factors combined with the stressors placed on your neck through trauma or even just daily activities places your cervical spine at risk for developing a number of painful conditions, like those detailed below: