The cervical spine is composed of seven vertebrae in the neck and upper back. These vertebrae provide the structure for the upper back and are separated by thin layers of cartilage and supported by a system of muscles and ligaments that assist with spinal motion and stability. Bones in cervical spine are comparatively smaller than those in the lower portions of the back. Messages from the brain are sent through the cervical spine and down the lower portions of the spinal column to control and communicate with the body. The close connection between the cervical spine and the brain makes careful and expert treatment for injuries to this area very important. If you are interested in
learning more about common cervical problems and treatments, please look
at our Patient Education Articles.
spine physicians at New Mexico Orthopaedics take a conservative
approach to dealing with back pain issues. Physicians here use a
variety of non-invasive and minimally invasive options before surgery
is considered in most cases. The National Committee for Quality
Assurance recently recognized the spine physicians at New Mexico
Orthopaedics for providing excellent conservative care for low back
pain. This recognition reflects the efforts of the spine center to
protect patient interests and avoid unneeded procedures. The spine
team also includes two highly skilled and experienced surgeons for
cases where surgery is the best option.