Knowing the area: The neck, or cervical spine, is made out of 7 vertebrae connected by shock-absorbing discs. The neck allows your head to move as well as gives it support and balance.
Common Problems: The muscles and ligaments can be sprained, pulled or torn when they are stretched beyond their normal range of motion or subjected to sudden movement. Waking up with a stiff neck is also a common occurrence.
Common Cause: Sleeping in an awkward position, pillows that are too high or too flat, poor posture, general wear and tear. Discs also degenerate with age, losing their shock-absorbing ability and pinching the nerves.