There are seven 7 cervical bones, but 8 cervical spinal nerves. The Cervical vertebrae are the smallest and most delicate of all the vertebrae. The cervical vertebrae are numbered from top-to-bottom starting with C1 and ending at C7. The atlas (C1) and axis (C2), are the vertebrae that allow the neck and head more movement than all the vertebrae. The Occipital joint allows the skull to move up and down, while the axial joint allows the upper neck to twist left and right.
Bones and areas to remember:
- There are 7 cervical vertebrae, but 8 cervical nerves.
- C1 is the Atlas. C2 is the Axis
- Transverse Process
- Spinous Process
- Body of the vertebrae
- The cervical vertebrae allow greater range of motion than all the other vertebrae.