FACET JOINT INJECTION (FACET BLOCK)
A facet joint injection involves injecting a small mixture of local anesthetic and steroid medication into the cervical, thoracic or lumbar region of the spine in order to numb the facet joints and block the pain. The injection procedure is also referred to as a facet block since its purpose is to block the pain.
WHAT IS A FACET JOINT INJECTION?
A facet joint injection procedure typically only takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. While the procedure is commonly performed without any sedation, an IV line can be started if relaxation medicine is needed for anxious patients.
During the procedure, the physician will use an X-ray and contrast dye for guidance to direct a small needle into the facet joint. Once the needle has been properly placed, a small mixture of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory (steroid) medication is injected into the joint. In most cases, the injection will start working within 2-5 days after the initial injection and may need to be repeated about three times per year.
Wondering if a facet joint injection can address your painful condition? Take our 30 second online Pain Assessment Tool to find out. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss your pain.
WHO CAN GET A FACET JOINT INJECTION?
Facet joint injections are ideal for patients who are suffering from joint pain as the result of a variety of ailments, such as arthritis, spondylitis, axial pain, mechanical stress and back injury. Facet joint injections may also be used to help patients better tolerate a physical therapy routine for rehabilitation of an injury or back condition.
If you suspect facet joint injection might be a solution for you, take our short Treatment Assessment Tool to tell us a little about what, if anything, you've tried to treat your pain. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss possible treatment options.