Zygapophyseal joints are also named
facet joints. Facet is a bit easier to pronounce than zygapophyseal,
and Amelia Chiropractic Clinic knows ‘facet’ is much easier to write
out than 'zygaopophyseal’! These joints are documented to be the source of cervical spine
pain for many adults of all ages. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic provides
gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation to relieve
neck pain like that produced by facet joint innervation.
Charting of normal volunteers’
responses to stimulation of cervical facet joints in the 1990s was foundational.
Five volunteers came forward to have their cervical spine facet
joints irritated to track where neck pain and arm pain were observed.
Amazing! These volunteers’ pain reactions allowed for the making of easy-to-understand
pain charts. (1) A follow up study of 10 patients with cervical spine pain compared their pain to that described
in the pain drawings of the normal
volunteers to validate the initial
charts from normal volunteers. (2) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic sees confirmation
of these normal volunteers’ pain reports in our Fernandina 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 found that came
from the dorsal root of the spinal nerve. These were separate
from the medial branches in their direct path to the facet
joint. Current day researchers suggest
that there is a more varied pattern
of innervation than has previously been noted. (3)
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic appreciates the nuances of spine pain and the research that found 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 of the spinal cord. The central nervous
system is complex and responsive to these painful stimuli,
both pressure and nerve related. (5) That’s why your
Fernandina Beach chiropractor takes such care in examining, diagnosing and
treating Fernandina Beach neck pain. There are many
factors to take into account! Our Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management is gentle, non-thrust manipulative
treatment of the cervical spine for Fernandina Beach neck pain relief.
CONTACT Amelia Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Sean Delahunt on the
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
describes the effective, gentle treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management for his gentleman patient with neck pain and tingling in
his arm and hand.
Make your next Fernandina Beach
chiropractic appointment with Amelia Chiropractic Clinic. Pick your word: zygapophyseal
or facet! We’re here to talk, diagnose, and
treat them for neck and arm pain relief.
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