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A facet joint injection is performed to treat neck and back pain in combination with other non-surgical spine treatments like rest, medications, chiropractic manipulations, and physical therapy.
These injections are used to treat pain and to identify the painful joint(s). If an injection successfully treats the pain, it will confirm that a particular facet joint is causing the pain problem.
The facet joints are found in the spine, where they connect the backbones to each other. They allow the spine to bend and twist. Like a knee or hip, facet joints have cartilage between the bones and a fluid-filled capsule to allow for smooth movement. When damaged, facet joints can cause debilitating pain in the neck or back. This condition is known as Facet Syndrome. It may occur due to an injury, overuse, or the onset of an inflammatory condition.
This treatment does not offer permanent pain relief. Patients may have one or two repeat injections over a six-month period. It is not recommended that a patient receive more than three injections in this time frame.
In order to guide the injection to the facet joint, your pain specialist will use fluoroscopic (X-ray) guidance during the injection. This will allow the physician to see the joint and ensure that the needle is in place before injecting the anesthetic-cortisone mixture. The procedure takes between 5-15 minutes.
Facet joint injections are safe, non-surgical procedures that can provide long-term pain relief. Results vary between patients, but an effective joint treatment provides several months of pain relief.
Facet joint injections can decrease inflammation caused by arthritis and joint degeneration, allowing you to find a relief from pain and enjoy greater mobility.
Different types of spinal injections carry different risks. Your doctor will explain the specific risks of your procedure. These potential risks are common to many spinal injections:
Bleeding, infection (rare)
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