The cervical spine comprises of the first 7 vertebrae. It supports the weight of the head and allows its smooth movement. Neck pain refers to pain or discomfort resulting from abnormalities or injuries to any of the structures in the neck including the muscles, ligaments, nerves, bones and vertebral joints. Neck pain is one of the most common health problems experienced by individuals, at some point of their lives. It can either be a dull constant pain or a sudden sharp pain and is usually aggravated by movement.
The neck is flexible and supports the head, so it can be prone to injuries and conditions.
See a doctor immediately if the neck pain results from an injury, such as a motor vehicle accident, sports accident, or fall.
Contact a doctor if the pain: