Zygapophyseal joints are also called
facet joints. Facet is a bit simpler to say than zygapophyseal,
and Chiropractic Care knows ‘facet’ is a whole lot easier to type than 'zygaopophyseal’! These joints are documented to be the source of cervical spine
pain for countless adults of all ages. Chiropractic Care uses
gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation to alleviate
neck pain like that produced by facet joint innervation.
Mapping of normal volunteers’
responses to stimulation of cervical facet joints in the 1990s was foundational.
Five volunteers stepped up to have their cervical spine facet
joints stimulated to track where neck pain and arm pain were felt.
Amazing! These volunteers’ pain responses produced
some much appreciated easy-to-read
pain charts. (1) A follow up study of 10 patients with cervical spine pain compared their pain to that noted
in the pain drawings of the normal
volunteers to validate the original
charts from normal volunteers. (2) Chiropractic Care sees confirmation
of these normal volunteers’ pain reports in our West Palm Beach neck pain
patients! Decompression of spinal nerves with chiropractic helps.
NEW INFORMATION ON CERVICAL FACET JOINTS
New information from a recent
dissection project added new knowledge to the role
cervical facet joints (aka zygapophyseal joints) exhibit in
neck pain and arm pain. At some levels, more than one medial branch was seen.
Direct facet joint branches were seen that originated
from the dorsal root of the spinal nerve. These were separate
from the medial branches in their direct route to the facet
joint. Current day researchers suggest
that there is a more diverse pattern
of innervation than has already been noted. (3)
Chiropractic Care appreciates the nuances of spine pain and the research that discovered them.
EXAM AND TREATMENT
Clinical observation, examination, and imaging findings
lead the diagnosis of neck pain given the complexity
of cervical facet joints. (4) The cervical spine facet joint is innervated by
mechanoreceptive (mechanical pressure-inducing) and nociceptive (nervous system
related pain-inducing) nerve fibers involving the dorsal root
ganglia and end processes in the spinal cord. The central nervous
system is complex and quick to respond to these painful stimuli,
both pressure and nerve related. (5) That’s why your
West Palm Beach chiropractor takes such care in examining, diagnosing and
treating West Palm Beach neck pain. There are a multitude of
factors to consider! Our Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management is gentle, non-thrust manipulative
treatment of the cervical spine for West Palm Beach neck pain relief.
CONTACT Chiropractic Care
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Sean Delahunt on the
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
describes the effectiveness and gentleness
of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management for his male patient with neck pain and tingling in
his arm and hand.
Make your next West Palm Beach
chiropractic appointment with Chiropractic Care. Pick your word: zygapophyseal
or facet! We are here to discuss, diagnose, and
treat them for neck and arm pain relief.
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