Zygapophyseal joints are also called
facet joints. Facet is a bit easier to pronounce than zygapophyseal,
and Cross Chiropractic Center knows ‘facet’ is much easier to type than 'zygaopophyseal’! These joints are well-documented as
sources of cervical spine
pain for countless adults of all ages. Cross Chiropractic Center provides
gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation to ease
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 stepped up to have their cervical spine facet
joints irritated to track where neck pain and arm pain were observed.
Wow! These volunteers’ pain responses allowed for the making of easy-to-read
pain charts. (1) A follow up study of 10 actual
cervical pain patients that compared their pain to that noted
in the pain drawings of the normal
volunteers to confirm the initial
charts from normal volunteers. (2) Cross Chiropractic Center sees confirmation
of these normal volunteers’ pain reports in our Sandy Springs neck pain
patients! Decompression of spinal nerves with chiropractic helps.
NEW INFORMATION ON CERVICAL FACET JOINTS
Novel information from a recent
dissection project included 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 came
from the dorsal root of the spinal nerve. These were independent
from the medial branches in their direct path to the facet
joint. Current day researchers speculate if there is a more diverse pattern
of innervation than has previously been noted. (3)
Cross Chiropractic Center 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 responsive to these painful stimuli,
both pressure and nerve related. (5) That’s why your
Sandy Springs chiropractor takes time in examining, diagnosing and
treating Sandy Springs neck pain. There are many
factors to take into account! Our Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management is soothing, non-thrust manipulative
treatment of the cervical spine for Sandy Springs neck pain relief.
CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center
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 Sandy Springs
chiropractic appointment with Cross Chiropractic Center. Pick your term: zygapophyseal
or facet! We are here to talk, diagnose, and
treat them for relief of neck and arm pain.
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