This ability has been central to our survival as a species. We can quickly turn to identify danger and remain still for hours. Atlas, the first and top-most vertebra, safely holds our 10-pound heads in place.
Humans depend on the neck remaining in good condition. When a strong force injures your neck, or if you develop inflammation or degeneration, you will experience pain and perhaps disability.
Younger people usually incur damage caused by an injury. Sports injuries, vehicle accidents, and other blunt-force trauma can cause permanent harm and disability.
Older persons usually have more cases of degenerative disk disability. A lifetime of wear and tear can cause sometimes excruciating, long-term problems. Other common diseases of the neck can produce pain and disability.
Traumatic Cervical Injuries
Common Neck Diseases and Conditions
Over a lifetime, our bodies change and not always for the better. Rather than accept pain or disability, there are things you can do to lessen these outcomes. By going to the doctor sooner rather than waiting for unbearable pain and by using the services of physical therapists, many of these problems can be cured or made better.