Facet injections are injections of medications into the actual facet joints. Facet joints are located between each set of vertebrae in the spine from the neck to the tailbone.
Facet injections are used to reduce the inflammation and swelling of tissue in and around the facet joint space. This should reduce pain caused by inflammation or irritation of the facet joints.
How Are Facet Injections Administered?
Facet Joint Injections are a simple, non-invasive and effective treatment used to treat spinal pain. When you enter the room, you will be asked to lay on your stomach. On top of your doctor, and nurse, an x-ray technician will be present and will administer an x-ray guidance agent (fluoroscopy) injected in order to highlight where the facet joints are and are helpful to doctors as to where to insert the needle.
How Long Will The Pain Relief Last?
The duration is dependent on many factors, but what is for certain is that the local anesthesia will work immediately. The steroid begins working in 2-7 days and its effect can last for quite a few days.
What Side Effects Can Occur?
Side effects are not common, but in cases where they have occurred, more often than not these can be an infection, bleeding, temporary water retention, weight gain or flushing and sweating. Some people may also experience a temporary rise in blood sugar levels due to the steroid as well. Other side effects are increased pain on the injection site, no relief, and headaches if the sack of spinal fluid is accidentally punctured.
Any Advice On What To Do Or Not To Do After the Procedure?
Your orthopedic doctor will strongly advise that after the procedure you stay calm and relaxed for at least 24-48 hours. No strenuous activity or activities that will cause you to sweat.
If you would like to schedule your appointment with one of our orthopedic doctors please make sure to call our office at 866-816-7846 or write to us using our easy to use contact form. We look forward to helping you receive pain relief and to help you continue on with your daily activities.