What does the C2 nerve control?
C1, C2, and C3 (the first three cervical nerves) help control the head and neck, including movements forward, backward, and to the sides. The C2 dermatome handles sensation for the upper part of the head, and the C3 dermatome covers the side of the face and back of the head.
Can you herniate C2?
Conclusion: C2-C3 disc herniation is rare but may result with severe myelopathy. This kind of herniations tend to be central and large.
What happens when C2 is out of alignment?
If the spinal cord becomes compressed at the C2 level, it can cause pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness in the arms or legs, loss of bowel and/or bladder control, and other problems. Severe cases of spinal cord injury at C2 can be fatal because breathing and other critical body functions may be impaired or stop.
What does C2 affect?
The C2 nerves affect sensation at the top and back of the scalp, ear lobes, and front of the neck. They also affect the muscles used for neck flexion (nodding).
What causes C2 misalignment?
A misalignment at C0-C1-C2 can also come from sitting at a desk with poor posture, birth trauma, or falling out of a tree when you are a child. However, the most common way we see large trauma produced is from a concussion from either sports or work related injuries, or a car accident.
How do I get my C2 back in place?
Some common nonsurgical treatments for C1-C2 include:
- Physical therapy.
- Chiropractic manipulation.
- Traction refers to stretching and/or realigning the spine to relieve direct nerve pressure and stress on the vertebral levels.
How do you sleep with a C2 fracture?
How to sleep with a cervical collar
- Make sure your mattress offers good support.
- Try to keep your neck in a neutral position, not bent forward, backward, or to the side.
- Don’t sleep in a twisted position.
- Try sleeping on your back with a thin pillow.
- To get out of bed, first roll gently onto your side.
What is C2 known as?
C2 (cervical vertebra): C2 is the symbol for the second cervical vertebra, which is also called the axis. It is so-named because the uppermost cervical vertebra (called the atlas) rotates about the odontoid process of the second cervical vertebra. The joint between the axis and atlas is a pivot type of joint.