EVERYTHING WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FACET JOINT INJECTIONS
Facet injections are common treatment options for patients of VIP Centers experience back pain and neck pain. Facet joints can become painful due to arthritis of the spine, a back injury, or mechanical stress to the back. These injections are administered in and also around facet joints to reduce inflammation and irritation from arthritis pain.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF FACET DISEASE?
The most occurring symptom of facet disease is difficulty twisting or bending your spine. For those who have cervical facet syndrome, you might experience trouble twisting or turning your neck left or right. Whereas those who have lumbar facet syndrome may have difficulty straightening or getting up from a seated position.
TOP 7 symptoms of FACET JOINT PAIN:
WHAT IS FACET JOINT INJECTION?
Facet joint injections also known as facet blocks have been used to treat back pain and/or to help determine whether the facet joint is a source of pain. A lumbar facet joint block starts from the injection of local anesthetic (numbing agent) into one or more of the small joints located along the side of each vertebrae on both sides of the spine in the lumbar spine. Depending on how many joints are involved multiple injections may be performed.
Facet joints are located in the posterior compartment of the spinal column. They provide stability and range of motion, allowing the spine to bend and twist. These joints can become sensitive and painful following direct wear and tear, inflammation, or injury. This can occur at any level of spine, but is most common in the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back).
TOP 5 BENEFITS OF FACET JOINT INJECTION
Based on the outcome of a facet joint nerve block, if the patient gets sufficient relief of pain but the pain reappears again, the surgical treatment may be needed.
Here are the most common benefits:
If you are experiencing Low Back Pain, then contact VIP CENTERS to book in for an appointment and find out more about how we can support you in the treatment of your condition.
WHAT IS MEDIAL BRANCH BLOCK?
Facet joints are well supplied by the medial branches of the dorsal rami, and can be subjected to significant strain during spine loading. Degenerative changes in the posterior lumbar facet joints have been recognized as a source of low back pain that may radiate to the leg. Pain impulses from the medial branches of lumbar dorsal rami can be interrupted by blocking these nerves with anesthetic agent (facet block) or coagulating them with a radiofrequency wave (radiofrequency facet denervation). Similar to facet joint injection, medial branch injection is an injection placed outside the joint where the medial branch nerve is located. Both types of injections usually result in a quick reduction in pain, increased function and mobility, and less need for pain medication. Typically, facet joint blocks are performed as a part of a work-up or diagnostic and therapeutic tool for back or neck pain. Pain relief following a precise injection of local anesthetic confirms the facet joint as the source or generator of pain. For determining an accurate location for injection therapy and to avoid complications such as bleeding or infection, spinal injections are usually performed primarily by fluoroscopic guidance.
What to expect from a facet block injection
The injection itself will only take at most a few minutes and the entire procedure usually takes between twenty and thirty minutes. The injection procedure includes the following steps:
If the facet joints that were treated are the source of the pain, the patient will have immediate pain relief from the local anesthetic and may begin to notice longer lasting pain relief from the steroid starting two to five days after the injection which can be very helpful to carry on virtually pain free in their daily lives.
How do the facet joints work
The facet joints are paired joints in the back and neck, one pair at each vertebral level (one joint on each side of the vertebrae). These specific joints have a cushioning tissue between the bones that is filled with a synovial fluid, which reduces friction between bones that rub together.
How many treatments do I need
If the facet block procedure is effective in alleviating the patient’s back pain, it is often considered reasonable for the procedure to be done up to three times per year. Some patients can get a radiofrequency procedure if the medial branch block is successful.
When will I feel better
As the numbing medicine wears off patients may feel a slight increased pain that can last for several days before the actual cortisone starts to take its lasting effects. Take note of these results a week after the injection:
Is this procedure right for me?
Yes, if you have arthritis, low back pain, and even sciatica the procedure is for you. Chronic back pain and living with chronic pain can be fixed with a facet injection.
What are the risks
If the first facet joint injection does not relieve the patient’s pain, then the doctor may decide to not repeat the injection. As with all procedures, there are always complications and potential risks with facet joint injections because it is puncturing the skin so make sure you go to the best doctor for you. However, this risk is low and complications are rare.
At VIP Centers, you’re in good hands.
We are experts in minimally invasive procedures that are clinically proven to give the best results.Expect no downtime and to resume your regular activities the same day.
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