Learn about the most common causes of neck pain.
Possible Causes of Neck Pain
In the neck there are seven bones known as the cervical vertebrae, with cushions (called discs) between each vertebra. One of the problems that can occur in the cervical spine is called Cervical Stenosis or Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM). Myelopathy means that the spinal cord is compressed. This can occur when the spinal canal is restricted due to degeneration in the discs and bones (stenosis), causing the cord to get narrower.
The spine is made up of bones (vertebrae), each one separated by a shock absorbing cushion called the intervertebral disc. Human beings have seven cervical (neck) vertebrae, 12 thoracic (chest) vertebrae, five lumbar (lower back) vertebrae, five sacral vertebrae and a coccyx. Disc herniations at the lumbar and cervical levels are the most frequently affected.
Cervical spondylosis is a common age-related condition that affects the cervical spine, which is the neck region of the spine. It is caused by wear and tear of the spinal discs and bones, leading to symptoms such as neck pain, stiffness, and numbness or weakness in the arms and hands.
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