Facet Joint Injections

Facet joints link the vertebras of the spine, from the neck down to the tailbone. Facet Joint Injections are given to patients with arthritis, thickened facet joints or chronic neck or low back pain with movement. The injection consists of local anesthesia and steroid.

Who is a candidate for facet joint injections?

The most obvious candidate has arthritic or thickened facet joints noticed with an X-ray. However, inflammation and arthritis of the facet joints is not always visible with an X-ray. Pain, while bending or twisting the body, is a sign of facet joint inflammation or arthritis. Many patients have injured their backs or necks from whiplash or other vehicle/sports injuries. Before receiving injections, it is recommended that the patient attempt more conservative techniques such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication.