Zygapophyseal joints are also named
facet joints. Facet is a bit easier to say than zygapophyseal,
and Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation knows ‘facet’ is a whole lot easier to write
out than 'zygaopophyseal’! These joints are well-documented as
sources of cervical spine
pain for countless adults of all ages. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation uses
gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation to alleviate
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 irritated to see where neck pain and arm pain were felt.
Amazing! These volunteers’ pain reactions produced
some much appreciated easy-to-understand
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) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation sees verification
of these normal volunteers’ pain reports in our Carrolltown neck pain
patients! Decompression of spinal nerves with chiropractic helps.
NEW INPUT ON CERVICAL FACET JOINTS
Novel information from a current-day
dissection project added new knowledge to the part
cervical facet joints (aka zygapophyseal joints) play in
neck pain and arm pain. At some levels, more than one medial branch was seen.
Direct facet joint branches were seen 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 already been noted. (3)
Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation 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 due to 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 engaging 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
Carrolltown chiropractor takes such care in examining, diagnosing and
treating Carrolltown 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 Carrolltown neck pain relief.
CONTACT Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
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 male patient with neck pain and tingling in
his arm and hand.
Schedule your next Carrolltown
chiropractic appointment with Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation. Pick your word: zygapophyseal
or facet! We’re here to discuss, diagnose, and
treat them for neck and arm pain relief.
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