Cervical nerves are the nerves emerging from the 7 cervical vertebrae (C1-C7) and C8, which emerges below the C7 vertebra.
- The ventral distribution includes the cervical plexus and brachial plexus
- The thoracic distribution includes the greater and lesser occipital
The course of the cervical nerves converging makes anesthesia possible at the paraspinal subcutaneous muscles.
The primary extensors of the neck include the trapezius, splenius capitis, splenius cervicis, and semispinalis capitis.