Zygapophyseal joints are also named
facet joints. Facet is a bit simpler to say than zygapophyseal,
and Minster Chiropractic Center 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. Minster Chiropractic Center provides
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 groundbreaking.
Five volunteers came forward to have their cervical spine facet
joints stimulated to see where neck pain and arm pain were felt.
Wow! These volunteers’ pain reactions allowed for the making of 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 normal volunteers’ pain drawings to substantiate the initial
charts from normal volunteers. (2) Minster Chiropractic Center sees verification
of these normal volunteers’ pain reports in our Minster neck pain
patients! Decompression of spinal nerves with chiropractic helps.
NEW INPUT ON CERVICAL FACET JOINTS
Novel details from a recent
dissection project included new facts to the job
cervical facet joints (aka zygapophyseal joints) play in
neck pain and arm pain. At some levels, more than one medial branch was found.
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)
Minster Chiropractic Center appreciates the nuances of spine pain and the research that found them.
EXAM AND TREATMENT
Clinical observation, examination, and imaging results
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 quick to respond to these painful stimuli,
both pressure and nerve related. (5) That’s why your
Minster chiropractor takes time in examining, diagnosing and
treating Minster neck pain. There are a multitude of
factors to consider! Our Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management is soothing, non-thrust spinal manipulation of the cervical spine for Minster neck pain relief.
CONTACT Minster 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 male patient with neck pain and tingling in
his arm and hand.
Schedule your next Minster
chiropractic appointment with Minster Chiropractic Center. 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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