The neck area of the spine known as the cervical spine is made up of seven assembled bones, and vertebrae. All these vertebrae are named C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 & C7. The C1 vertebra which is also known as the ‘atlas’ is shaped like a ring that begins at the center of the skull. The C2 vertebra which is also known as the axis let the C1 turn against it for the no rotation of your head. The seven cervical vertebrae are linked behind the bone by facet joints that permit all the movements of the neck.
The cervical spine is consist of ligaments, tendons, nerves, and muscles. Between every vertebra, there are shock-absorbing discs. Through the center of the whole spine, the spinal cord runs and transmits messages from the brain that manages every detail of the body’s actions.
The cervical spine does various functions:-
There is a list of cervical spine disorder and diseases that affect the cervical spine:-
Cervical radiculopathy: Due to cervical vertebrae when a cervical nerve gets pinched, it results in the rise of the condition called cervical radiculopathy. In this condition, the person experiences cervical spine pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness. The symptoms of cervical radiculopathy either remain restricted or can develop in the entire fingers, hands, and arms.
Cervical spinal tumor and cancer: In this condition, abnormal growth of tissue in the spinal column begins to happen and results in becoming tumors. They can either be cancerous or non-cancerous.
The cervical spine is a crucial part of the human body that supports the weight of the head, surrounds and prevents the spinal cord, and grants a large range of head motions. But some lifestyle issues and unexpected incidents can harm the cervical spine which leads to some serious issues. The treatments for treating the problems related to the cervical spine are divided into two sections:-
Steroids Injections: In a Cervical epidural block, the doctor injects these injections in the epidural space which presents next to the covering of the spinal cord. In cervical facet joint block, the doctor injects the steroid into the capsule of the facet joint.
When non-surgical techniques fail to provide relief then the doctor switches to a surgical procedure:-
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Q1) What are the symptoms of cervical spine problems?
The Symptoms of cervical spine issues are experiencing pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs, arms, shoulders, head, etc. But the prime symptom of an issue in the cervical spine pain. You may experience difficulty in breathing and bladder control.
Q2)What does a cervical spine MRI show?
A cervical spine MRI shows various crucial information:-
Q3) Can neck problems affect your brain?
Yes. In upper cervical instability, the vertebral veins that extract the brain and vertebral arteries that insert the brain can be affected by the upright posture.
Q4) How many cervical vertebrae are in the human spine?
In the human spine, there are seven cervical vertebrae. These vertebrae are also known as C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, and C7.
Q5) What parts of the body are affected by the cervical spine?
Sternocleidomastoid, Trapezius, Levator scapulae, Suboccipital muscles, Deep cervical flexors, and Erector spine are the parts that get affected by the cervical spine.