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Facet block Injections 2017-03-31T20:14:02+00:00

Bulging disc before and after a laminectomy.

What is a Facet Block Injection?

Facet block injections are used to help patients tolerate a rehabilitation program to heal and strengthen the back from an injury. A local anesthetic us used to numb the area before a facet block injection is given. A steroid medication may also be used to provide pain relief to the facet joints. A facet joint is a small join segment in the spine. Theses joints provide stability and help guide motion. Patients who suffer from a back injury, arthritis, or any sort of mechanical stress may experience pain the facet joints. Diagnostically, facet block injections can be used to determine the source of the pain. If the patient experiences pain relief after an injection, the facet joint is likely the source of the pain.

In terms of pain relief, the goal of facet block injections is to reduce inflammation in and around the joint to provide long term pain relief.
Facet block injections can be administered to any region of the spine: cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-spine) and lumbar (lower back).

Am I a good candidate from an ESI?

You may be a good candidate for a Facet Block Injection if you’ve tried more conservative pain relief methods such as pain medication and are still experiencing pain or you’d like to try one more pain relief method before resorting to surgery.

Used To Treat These Conditions

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease

A spinal disc that is damaged through the normal process of aging, causing back pain and other problems.

Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is most often an age-related condition, resulting from the normal wear and tear of the body.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spaces in the spine, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

How will I feel after facet block injections?

You may experience immediate temporary relief after the procedure that could last up to several hours. Once the numbing agent wears off, your pain may return. This does not mean that the steroid did not help. The steroid medication typically takes up to 10 days to begin having an effect in most people.

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