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The C5 Vertebra


The C5 Vertebra

The C5 vertebra is the fifth vertebra in the cervical spine, the section of the spine directly beneath the skull. It lies on a plane with the bottom of the thyroid cartilage—otherwise known as the Adam’s apple. The C5 vertebra is similar in structure to most of the other cervical vertebrae, except for C1, C2, and C7.

Conditions and Symptoms

The C6 spinal nerve root emerges from a foramen in the C5 vertebra before going on to innervate the wrists and portions of the upper arm. As is the case with the intervertebral discs between all of the cervical vertebrae, the disc between the C6 and C7 vertebrae is particularly susceptible to injury or wear, owing to the fact that the cervical spine is more flexible than the rest of the spinal column. If the disc herniates, the C6 nerve root could suffer from pinching. This can lead to symptoms like the following:

  • Pain in the side of the forearm
  • Pain in the thumbs and index fingers
  • Numbness or tingling in the arm or neck
  • Loss of mobility in the neck

Outpatient Treatment Options

If you are suffering from a herniated disc, foraminal stenosis, spinal arthritis, or other spinal conditions, and a conservative treatment course is not alleviating your symptoms, call Laser Spine Institute (LSI) today. Our team of expert surgeons is ready to employ our groundbreaking laser-assisted spine procedures that can help restore mobility, comfort, and quality of life. Contact us today to arrange a review of your most recent MRI or CT scan results—completely free of charge.

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