The cervical spine is made up of seven small vertebrae at the back of the neck between the top of the spine and the base of the skull. We can move our heads in nearly every direction because of the flexibility of the cervical spine. That flexibility, however, makes the neck more susceptible to pain and injury.
Athletes often suffer from acute neck sprains or strains that can cause bruising, swelling, and severe pain. First aid for such injuries is typically RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). After the swelling goes down, conservative chiropractic care can help these injuries heal.
How do many non-sports-related neck injuries happen?