Spine Procedures
Facet Injections

Facet Injections

Facet injections are used to determine whether facet joints are responsible for joint pain, and can treat the associated pain if the facet joints are to blame.


Facet Injections

A facet injection is a procedure that diagnoses whether or not facet joints are a source of back pain, and if so, also relieves that pain and inflammation. Facet joints are located in the rear of the spine on each side and connect each vertebra in the spine with the two vertebrae above and below it.

Once a local anesthetic is administered to the painful location, the doctor begins the minimally invasive AccuCision® Spine procedure by placing a needle into the facet joint under the guidance of a special x-ray device. An injection of contrast dye confirms that the needle is in the correct location. Once the location is verified, a mixture of anti-inflammatory steroid medication and numbing anesthetic is injected into the joint. If the pain subsides following the injection, then the facet joint is likely the cause of the pain. The procedure can be repeated for additional facet joints.

After a successful procedure, patients can experience immediate relief from back or neck pain. However, pain may return after the numbing effect of the anesthetic wears off. It typically takes several days for the steroid medication to reduce inflammation and relieve pain, with effects lasting up to several months. Patients can receive up to three injections per year as needed.

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