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Facet Joint Injections

What is it?

This procedure is performed to target the small joints in the spine that are prone to developing arthritis.

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle to the area of the facet joint. Once the needle is in the right place, an appropriate amount of anesthetic and steroid is injected into the joint. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.

What patients are candidates?

Patients who have neck or lower back pain from arthritis of these small joints may benefit from this procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

15-20 minutes

Recovery

Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to continue their normal activities on the day of injection to see if their pain is better after injection, and are asked to keep a pain log. This will help to determine if the facet joints, are, in fact, a source of their spine pain.