Young Chiropractic Cares for Neck Pain and Painful Cervical Spine Facet Joints

June 07, 2022

Zygapophyseal joints are also called facet joints. Facet is a bit simpler to pronounce than zygapophyseal, and Young Chiropractic knows ‘facet’ is a whole lot easier to write out than 'zygaopophyseal’! These joints are documented to be the source of neck-related pain for countless adults of all ages. Young Chiropractic provides gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation to reduce 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 track where neck pain and arm pain were felt. Amazing! These volunteers’ pain reactions allowed for the making of easy-to-read 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) Young Chiropractic sees confirmation of these normal volunteers’ pain reports in our Easley neck pain patients! Decompression of spinal nerves with chiropractic helps. 


Novel details from a recent dissection project added new facts to the role 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 found that came from the dorsal root of the spinal nerve. These were independent from the medial branches in their direct route to the facet joint. Current day researchers wonder whether there is a more diverse pattern of innervation than has previously been noted. (3) Young Chiropractic values the nuances of spine pain and the research that found them.


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 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 Easley chiropractor takes time in examining, diagnosing and treating Easley neck pain. There are a multitude of factors to take into account! Our Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management is gentle, non-thrust manipulative treatment of the cervical spine for Easley 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 shares 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.     

Make your next Easley chiropractic appointment with Young Chiropractic. Pick your word: zygapophyseal or facet! We’re here to discuss, diagnose, and treat them for relief of neck and arm pain.

Young Chiropractic carefully examines, diagnoses, and treats cervical spine facet joints for neck pain relief when they are involved.