In an age of ubiquitous imaging, a cervical spine is a key piece of the puzzle to the diagnosis and treatment of many of the most common health conditions.
But it can be difficult to access.
It can also be a frustrating experience for patients and caregivers, especially those with physical disabilities.
In the US alone, more than 10 million people have a spinal cord injury, and the cost to the healthcare system can be huge, ranging from $50,000 to $600,000 per year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cervical spine surgery is a relatively inexpensive procedure, but the complications can be significant, and often leave patients feeling embarrassed and helpless.
Clerical spine pain and discomfortThe pain and swelling associated with spinal cord injuries can be debilitating.
Patients with a spinal injury can experience discomfort ranging from mild discomfort to excruciating pain, as well as muscle weakness, joint pain, nerve pain, and muscle spasms, according the National Cervical Spine Association.
Symptoms of cervical spine pain may include:Difficulty breathing