By BRETT SEARS on December 8, 2014 on About.com

Neck pain is a serious problem that can limit your ability to perform normal, everyday tasks. It can cause you to lose range of motion in your neck, and it may also be a source of pain in your shoulder, arm, or hand.

Anatomy of the Neck

The neck, or cervical spine, is comprised of 7 bones called vertebrae which are stacked on top of one another. Between each bone is a spongy material called the intervertebral disc. Each vertebra has two joints towards the back that connect with the joints of the vertebrae below it.

The bones of your neck protect your spinal cord and allow for normal motion to occur. The neck is very flexible, allowing for forward, backward and side bending, as well as rotation.

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