Facet Joint Injection

Facet Joint Injection

A facet joint block or injection is a minimally invasive procedure where a small amount of local anesthetic is injected into the facet joint to provide pain relief. Facet joints, which are located in pairs on the side of each vertebra in the neck and back, allow for motion and provide support and stability in the spine. Injury or conditions such as arthritis may cause pain and inflammation within the facet joints.

How is it performed?

  • The injection site is prepared and numbed with local anaesthetic. The doctor inserts the needle through the skin toward the spine.
  • Once the needle is in the proper space, a small amount of dye may be injected to verify the position of the needle with an X-ray.
  • After this, a mixture of numbing medication and anti-inflammatory steroids is slowly injected into the facet joint.
  • The needle is then removed and the site is bandaged.
  • Following the procedure, the patient should rest for the remainder of the day and avoid driving for at least 12 hours after the injection.

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