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Facet Joint Injections

Relief from Joint Pain & Inflammation

A facet joint injection is both a diagnostic and treatment procedure for facet joint pain. The facet joints are located on the spine. When damaged, can result in debilitating pain in the back. Back pain is a very common problem with many possible causes. This can sometimes make it difficult to locate the true source of the discomfort. Facet joint injections are useful for both treatment and diagnostics because an injection that successfully treats the pain will confirm that the facet joints are the cause.

Facet joint injections are safe, non-surgical procedures that can provide long-term pain relief. When combined with radiofrequency neurotomy the results can last for even longer. If you are interested in this procedure, be sure to consult with a board-certified pain management specialist.

Contact National Spine & Pain Centers today to request an appointment.

What You Should Know About This Treatment

In order to guide the injection to the facet joint, your doctor will use fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance. This will allow them to see the joint and ensure that the needle is in place before injecting the anesthetic-corticosteroid mixture. Thanks to the anesthetic used, the injection should provide immediate pain relief. Pain may return a few hours after the procedure, but the relief will return once the steroid does it work in the next few days.

Frequently asked questions:

  • How long does the procedure take?
    • Between 20 to 30 minutes plus 45 minutes of recovery time.
  • How many injections will I need?
    • This treatment does not offer permanent pain relief. Most patients only need one or two injections over a six-month. It is never recommended that a patient receive more than three injections in this time frame.
  • How long will it last?
    • Results vary between patients, but an effective facet joint injection provides several months of pain relief.
  • What should I expect afterward?
    • Your back may be sore for a couple of days after the procedure. You should take some time off during this time. Relief should start kicking in on the second or third day.

Facet joint injections are the recommended treatment for facet syndrome. Don’t keep living in pain. Schedule an appointment with an experienced pain specialist today by contacting National Spine & Pain Centers.

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