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Facet Injection

Understanding Facet Joint Injections

Facet joints are small joints that connect the vertebrae in your spine, facilitating movement and flexibility. When these joints become inflamed or damaged, they can cause debilitating pain that affects your daily life. Facet joint injections deliver a steroid medication directly into the affected joint, reducing inflammation and alleviating pain.

What Do Facet Injections Treat?

Facet joint pain can manifest in various areas of the body, including the neck, upper back, lower back, hips, and thighs. Common causes of facet joint pain include joint degeneration due to spinal injury, overuse, or inflammatory conditions like arthritis. If you’re experiencing pain in these areas, facet joint injections may provide effective relief.

Pain in the spine, a man with backache, back and neck

Benefits of Facet Joint Injections

Facet joint injections offer several advantages as a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment option for back pain. The procedure is quick, typically lasting less than an hour, with the injection itself taking only a few minutes. Afterward, you can return home the same day and resume regular activities within a day. Facet joint injections reduce pain symptoms, improving mobility and overall well-being. They can also complement other alternative treatments like chiropractic care and physical therapy.

Before your facet joint injection, you’ll receive instructions to avoid certain medications that may interfere with the procedure. During the injection, you’ll lie comfortably on the treatment table as the doctor uses x-ray guidance to precisely place the injection. A local numbing agent ensures your comfort during the procedure. Afterward, we’ll monitor you briefly before sending you home. Any discomfort at the injection site can be managed with ice packs, and we’ll provide guidance on keeping a pain diary and follow-up appointments.

While you may experience immediate pain relief from the local anesthetic, the full effects of the steroid medication may take 2-14 days to appear. Once in effect, the pain relief can last for several months, offering significant relief from chronic pain. We’ll closely monitor your progress and may recommend additional therapies to optimize your pain management plan.

Experience Relief Today

If you’re ready to take control of your back or neck pain, Holistiq Spine & Orthopaedic Clinic is here to help. Call (469) 444-7246 to schedule a consultation with one of our expert pain management providers to explore your options for lasting relief with facet joint injections. Don’t let pain hold you back from living your best life—contact us today.