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The neck (cervical spine) is composed of vertebrae that begin in the upper torso and end at the base of the skull. The vertebrae along with the ligaments provide stability to the spine. The muscles allow for support and motion. The neck has a significant amount of motion and supports the weight of the head. However, because it is less protected than the rest of the spine, the neck can be vulnerable to injury and disorders that produce pain and restrict motion. For many people, neck pain is a temporary condition that disappears with time. Others may need medical diagnosis and treatment to relieve their symptoms.


Your spine is made up of 26 bone discs called vertebrae. Many demands are placed on your spine. It holds up your head, shoulders, and upper body. It gives you support to stand up straight, and gives you flexibility to bend and twist. It also protects your spinal cord. A number of problems can change the structure of the spine or damage the vertebrae and surrounding tissue. Understanding the cause of your back pain is the key to proper treatment. Because back pain is sometimes difficult to treat, a better understanding of the cause of your condition will assist in your recovery.

Back pain and neck pain are common conditions for many people. To begin on the positive side, patients must understand that most episodes of back pain resolve, and usually within a few weeks. Unfortunately, the pain can be among the most difficult and frustrating problems for patients and their doctors. At Valletta Orthopaedics, we specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of neck and spine disorders. Dr. Damion Valletta and his team have expertise in non-surgical spine care using conservative comprehensive care.

Click on the topics below to find out more from the Orthopaedic connection website of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.