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Chronic neck pain can be the sign of a more serious underlying condition. Should you suffer an injury to your cervical spine, chronic pain may be the result, failing to address the underlying issue may result in more severe nerve damage, loss of mobility and increased pain in the future. Given the severity of such a symptom, it would be prudent to make use of the most effective recovery resources and professional care available.
Procedures like an MRI can offer conclusive information into the state of your cervical spine after suffering form an injury or a potential injury. Ruling out the risk of further damage is the smallest of benefits that you will be in a position to enjoy when you make use of the professional care and diagnostic procedures professional care can make available. If you are dealing with frequent, chronic or severe neck pain, it may suggest a more serious underlying injury, seeking out appropriate care is not something that you may be able to afford putting off.
With a selection of care and procedures ranging from the non-invasive to spinal fusion depending on the severity of the condition you are dealing with, you will be able to address any harm or damage done to your spine in the most successful way possible. Ignoring the signs of a spinal injury, or failing to obtain proper diagnostic procedures after having suffered from an event or accident that may have done harm to your spine can mean having to deal with more serious consequences in the future.
The spine is a complex and wonderful structural support system for the body. It is made up of the vertebra and lamina that provide protection for the spinal cord and support for the body, the vertebral discs that cushion the area between the bones, the ligaments which allow movement and provide flexibility, and the spinal cord which houses the nerves and lies in the spinal canal. As miraculous as this arrangement is, there are times when things go wrong, resulting in neck, low back pain, or leg pain, and loss of range of motion.
The cervical spine begins at the base of the skull and ends at the top of the thoracic spine. It contains seven vertebrae and eight pairs of cervical nerves. These vertebrae are smaller than other spinal vertebrae, but have a more complex system of ligaments, tendons, and muscles in order to both support the skull and allow for a much more diverse range of movement for the head. This complex anatomy and large range of motion makes the cervical spine particularly to degenerative problems and can lead to chronic pain. Continue reading