Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center Cares for Neck Pain and Painful Cervical Spine Facet Joints

Zygapophyseal joints are also named facet joints. Facet is a bit simpler to pronounce than zygapophyseal, and Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center knows ‘facet’ is much easier to write out than 'zygaopophyseal’! These joints are documented to be the source of neck-related pain for countless adults of all ages. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center provides gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation to relieve neck pain like that produced 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 stimulated to see where neck pain and arm pain were observed. Amazing! These volunteers’ pain reactions 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 confirm the initial charts from normal volunteers. (2) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center sees confirmation of these normal volunteers’ pain reports in our Pensacola neck pain patients! Decompression of spinal nerves with chiropractic helps. 


New 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 route to the facet joint. Current day researchers speculate if there is a more diverse pattern of innervation than has previously been documented. (3) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center values the nuances of spine pain and the research that discovered them.


Clinical observation, examination, and imaging results 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 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 Pensacola chiropractor takes time in examining, diagnosing and treating Pensacola neck pain. There are a multitude of factors to consider! Our Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management is gentle, non-thrust spinal manipulation of the cervical spine for Pensacola neck pain relief.

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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 gentleman patient with neck pain and tingling in his arm and hand.     

Schedule your next Pensacola chiropractic appointment with Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center. Pick your term: zygapophyseal or facet! We are here to discuss, diagnose, and treat them for relief of neck and arm pain.

Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center carefully examines, diagnoses, and treats cervical spine facet joints for neck pain relief when they are involved. 
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