Zygapophyseal joints are also known as
facet joints. Facet is a bit easier to say than zygapophyseal,
and Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office knows ‘facet’ is much easier to write
out than 'zygaopophyseal’! These joints are well-documented as
sources of cervical spine
pain for countless adults of all ages. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office provides
gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation to alleviate
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 stimulated to track where neck pain and arm pain were observed.
Amazing! These volunteers’ pain responses 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 described
in the normal volunteers’ pain drawings to validate the original
charts from normal volunteers. (2) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office sees confirmation
of these normal volunteers’ pain reports in our Groton neck pain
patients! Decompression of spinal nerves with chiropractic helps.
NEW INPUT ON CERVICAL FACET JOINTS
New information from a recent
dissection project included new facts 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 found.
Direct facet joint branches were found 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 wonder whether there is a more diverse pattern
of innervation than has previously been noted. (3)
Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office values 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 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 is why your
Groton chiropractor takes such care in examining, diagnosing and
treating Groton 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 Groton neck pain relief.
CONTACT Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Sean Delahunt on the
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
explains 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.
Make your next Groton
chiropractic appointment with Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office. Pick your term: zygapophyseal
or facet! We’re here to discuss, diagnose, and
treat them for neck and arm pain relief.
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