Possible causes of neck pain
Cervical StenosisIn the neck there are 7 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.
Disc HerniationThe spine is made up of bones (vertebrae), each one separated by a shock absorbing cushion called the intervertebral disc. Human beings have 7 cervical (neck) vertebrae, 12 thoracic (chest) vertebrae, 5 lumbar (lower back) vertebrae, 5 sacral vertebrae and a coccyx. Disc herniations at the lumbar and cervical levels are the most frequently affected.
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