Facet Joint Injections

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Symptoms of Cervical Facet Syndrome (painful cervical spine facet joints) include headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and pain in the upper back. Symptoms of Lumbar Facet Syndrome (painful lumbar spine facet joints) include lower back pain and pain that radiates through the buttock, thigh and groin areas.

What Painful Medical Conditions Can Be Alleviated With Facet Injections?

Facet joint injections may be helpful in treating facet joint inflammation caused by:

What Is the Process of Facet Joint Injection?

Facet joint injection is a minimally invasive treatment that is simple, safe, and effective for alleviating spinal pain. It involves injecting a steroidal medication into a facet joint in the spine, using fluoroscopy (X-Ray guidance) to identify the facet joint and guide the placement of the needle. Generally performed under local anesthesia, but can also be performed in conjunction with intravenous sedation.

After the initial injection of local anesthetic, the injection is a straightforward, routine process. Depending on the location of the neck or back pain, a patient can expect the procedure to take approximately 15-20 minutes, followed with a brief period for recovery, before being discharged.

What Is the Process of Facet Joint Injection?

Facet joint injection is a minimally invasive treatment that is simple, safe, and effective for alleviating spinal pain. It involves injecting a steroidal medication into a facet joint in the spine, using fluoroscopy (X-Ray guidance) to identify the facet joint and guide the placement of the needle. Generally performed under local anesthesia, but can also be performed in conjunction with intravenous sedation.

How Many Injections Will I Need?

While pain relief from a facet joint injection typically occurs within 3 - 5 days, some patients may experience shorter or longer time frames for noticeable improvement in their symptoms. There is no set type of series for facet joint injections. After the initial injection, a patient is generally scheduled for a follow-up office visit within 4-6 weeks after the procedure. If the treatment provides months of pain relief, additional injection therapy isn’t scheduled unless the pain returns.