Facet joint injections offer a minimally invasive way to temporarily relieve neck or back pain caused by inflamed facet joints. Conditions such as arthritis, an injury, or degeneration can be related to facet joint pain, but the cause is not well understood. In fact, it is often similar to disc pain.
What are facet joints?
Facet joints connect the vertebra in your neck and back. Each vertebra has four facet joints, with one pair that connects to the vertebra above (superior facets) and one pair that connects to the vertebra below (interior facets).
What is a facet joint injection?
A facet joint injection includes both a long-lasting corticosteroid and an anesthetic numbing agent. The drugs are injected into the facet joint either inside the joint capsule or in the tissue surrounding the joint capsule.
The Corticosteroid injections work to reduce inflammation and can be effective when delivered directly into the painful area. Relief lasts from days to years, and allows you to improve your spinal condition with physical therapy and exercise.
Who is a candidate?
If you’re suffering from neck, arm, lower back, or leg pain stemming from inflammation of the facet joints, you may benefit from a facet joint injection. At Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates, we often recommend facet joint injections when more conservative treatments such as oral anti-inflammatory medications or physical therapy fail.
During your appointment, we will evaluate your condition to determine if this treatment is right for you.
Call (770) 558-8501 to schedule your appointment with SIPA today. We are conveniently located on Hammond Dr. in Atlanta.