Zygapophyseal joints are also named
facet joints. Facet is a bit easier to say than zygapophyseal,
and Apple Country Chiropractic knows ‘facet’ is much easier to write
out than 'zygaopophyseal’! These joints are documented to be the source of neck-related
pain for countless adults of all ages. Apple Country Chiropractic uses
gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation to reduce
neck pain like that created 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 see where neck pain and arm pain were felt.
Wow! These volunteers’ pain reactions produced
some much appreciated easy-to-read
pain charts. (1) A follow up study of 10 actual
cervical pain patients that compared their pain to that described
in the normal volunteers’ pain drawings to substantiate the initial
charts from normal volunteers. (2) Apple Country Chiropractic sees verification
of these normal volunteers’ pain reports in our Williamson neck pain
patients! Decompression of spinal nerves with chiropractic helps.
NEW INPUT ON CERVICAL FACET JOINTS
New information from a current-day
dissection project added new knowledge to the part
cervical facet joints (aka zygapophyseal joints) have in
neck pain and arm pain. At some levels, more than one medial branch was found.
Direct facet joint branches were seen that originated
from the dorsal root of the spinal nerve. These were independent
from the medial branches in their direct route to the facet
joint. Current day researchers speculate if there is a more varied pattern
of innervation than has previously been noted. (3)
Apple Country Chiropractic appreciates the nuances of spine pain and the research that found them.
EXAM AND TREATMENT
Clinical observation, examination, and imaging findings
guide 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
Williamson chiropractor takes such care in examining, diagnosing and
treating Williamson neck pain. There are a multitude of
factors to take into account! Our Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management is soothing, non-thrust manipulative
treatment of the cervical spine for Williamson neck pain relief.
CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Sean Delahunt on the
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
explains the effectiveness and gentleness
of 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 Williamson
chiropractic appointment with Apple Country Chiropractic. Pick your term: zygapophyseal
or facet! We’re here to discuss, diagnose, and
treat them for relief of neck and arm pain.
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