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Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic 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 Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic knows ‘facet’ is a whole lot easier to write out than 'zygaopophyseal’! These joints are documented to be the source of cervical spine pain for many adults of all ages. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic provides gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation to ease neck pain like that produced by facet joint innervation.


Mapping of normal volunteers’ responses to stimulation of cervical facet joints in the 1990s was groundbreaking. 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 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 normal volunteers’ pain drawings to validate the initial charts from normal volunteers. (2) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic sees verification of these normal volunteers’ pain reports in our Augusta neck pain patients! Decompression of spinal nerves with chiropractic helps. 


New details from a current-day dissection project included new facts to the role 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 independent from the medial branches in their direct route to the facet joint. Current day researchers suggest that there is a more varied pattern of innervation than has previously been noted. (3) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic values the nuances of spine pain and the research that found them.


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 is why your Augusta chiropractor takes such care in examining, diagnosing and treating Augusta 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 Augusta 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 male patient with neck pain and tingling in his arm and hand.     

Schedule your next Augusta chiropractic appointment with Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic. Pick your word: zygapophyseal or facet! We’re here to discuss, diagnose, and treat them for neck and arm pain relief.

Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic thoroughly examines, diagnoses, and treats cervical spine facet joints for neck pain relief when they are involved.