What are facet joints?
Facet joints are the knobbly surfaces where adjacent vertebrae are joined together. After years of use, facet joints can deteriorate, which results in nerve irritation and pain.
Each vertebra in the cervical (upper), thoracic (middle), and lumbar (lower) spine has a set of facet joint surfaces on both the right and left side.
Conditions like osteoarthritis can cause the cartilage around the joint to wear away. Without cartilage, bone surfaces rub against one another, resulting in friction. This friction can irritate the facet joints medial branch nerves, resulting in chronic pain.
How does facet joint denervation work?
Since the median nerves only function to deliver pain signals to the facet joints, these nerves can be safely removed. Once the nerves are removed, the pain goes away, while leaving the facet joints fully functional.
During your appointment with Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates, we will evaluate your condition to determine if this procedure is right for you. We will also discuss, in detail, the method we will use to perform facet joint denervation.
Sacroiliac joint injections are used primarily to diagnose or treat lower back pain and/or symptoms associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Call (770) 558-8501 to schedule your appointment with SIPA today. We are conveniently located on Hammond Dr. in Atlanta.