Vertebrae of the Week: C6

The sixth cervical vertebra down on your spine, the C6 is found around the base of your neck. It’s also the second-to-last cervical vertebra. It’s a vital bone in the support and protection of your neck and head structures, while also serving as an anchor for the muscles that support and move your neck.

The nerve root that is located in the C6 branches off and travels down through your arm and elbow, and as such is directly responsible for your elbow’s ability to rotate and flex, for moving your wrist, and for providing sensation along your forearm, thumb and side of your hand.

C6 Vertebra Pain

There are a number of common causes of C6 vertebra pain. Some of these come from age-related issues due to degeneration and herniated discs, as well as other sports injuries. In fact, the C6 is the most commonly herniated disc.

The most common causes of pain in the C6 include degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis with myelopathy, and foraminal stenosis. Less commonly, this vertebra can be subject to spondylolisthesis, a tumor, or infections.

Symptoms of a C6 Injury

Those who experience injuries or damage at this vertebra will usually experience issues with control in their forearms and wrists. These symptoms could be experienced on one side, or both sides, depending on the damage suffered.

Specifically, if you experience any of the following, you may have a C6 injury:

  •         Paralysis in your extremities, your hands, torso or legs
  •         Loss of motion or lack of control with wrist mobility
  •         Loss of bladder and bowel function control
  •         Difficulty breathing, while retaining the ability to speak
  •         Symptoms similar to carpal tunnel syndrome
  •         Numbness and tingling in hands, arms and fingers
  •        Stiff neck
  •         Tonsillitis
  •         Chronic cough

How ACT Wellness Can Help

Many people who suffer from a spinal subluxation (misalignment) can find relief with the help of a qualified chiropractor. When your spine becomes subluxated, it puts pressure on the nerves underneath, which can cause any of the above symptoms as well as others. By correcting this misalignment, your brain and body are better able to communicate, and your whole body works better.

For the past eight years running, ACT Wellness has served the entire Woodbridge area, and we’re here to help you as well. Schedule an appointment today to find out how Dr. Caratozzolo can help you.

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