Learn about spinal anatomy and how various conditions can cause pain and discomfort.

There are 6 intervertebral discs in the cervical spine. They enable the highly mobile spine to move in all directions while supporting the neck and head.

Neck muscles work together with tendons and ligaments to support and move the neck and head. Tendons are connective tissue that attach muscle to bone, whereas ligaments attach bones to other bones.

There are 8 pairs of spinal nerves in the cervical spine, labeled C1 to C8. These nerves play important roles in sending messages to and from the spinal cord.

The cervical region of the spine (neck) consists of seven vertebrae. Learn how the spinal discs function and how various conditions can cause neck pain and/or radiating pain.

Learn how the lumbar spinal discs function and how lower back conditions can cause back pain and/or radiating pain.