Zygapophyseal joints are also called
facet joints. Facet is a bit easier to say than zygapophyseal,
and The Novelli Wellness Center knows ‘facet’ is a whole lot easier to write
out than 'zygaopophyseal’! These joints are well-documented as
sources of cervical spine
pain for many adults of all ages. The Novelli Wellness Center uses
gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation to relieve
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 see where neck pain and arm pain were felt.
Wow! These volunteers’ pain responses produced
some much appreciated easy-to-understand
pain charts. (1) A follow up study of 10 actual
cervical pain patients that compared their pain to that described
in the pain drawings of the normal
volunteers to validate the initial
charts from normal volunteers. (2) The Novelli Wellness Center sees confirmation
of these normal volunteers’ pain reports in our Buffalo, NY 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 job
cervical facet joints (aka zygapophyseal joints) exhibit 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 wonder whether there is a more diverse pattern
of innervation than has previously been documented. (3)
The Novelli Wellness Center values the nuances of spine pain and the research that discovered them.
EXAM AND TREATMENT
Clinical observation, examination, and imaging results
lead 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 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
Buffalo, NY chiropractor takes such care in examining, diagnosing and
treating Buffalo, NY 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 Buffalo, NY neck pain relief.
CONTACT The Novelli Wellness Center
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Sean Delahunt on the
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
describes 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 Buffalo, NY
chiropractic appointment with The Novelli Wellness 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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