The facet joints connect the vertebral bones in your spine and allow you to bend and twist. Unfortunately, these joints can be a source of acute or chronic pain. At Wisconsin Spine and Pain in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, the skilled pain management team uses many state-of-the-art techniques to manage various pain conditions, including facet joint injections. To learn more about the facet joint injection and how it may help your back pain. Call the office most convenient to you or book a consultation online today.
A facet joint injection diagnoses and treats pain conditions involving the facet joints in your spine. The facet joints make up part of the bony framework of your spine, forming connections between each vertebra. These connections allow you to twist, bend, and rotate your upper body.
Injury or arthritis may cause inflammation and swelling of your facet joint, leading to pain and limited spinal mobility. The swelling may also compress the spinal nerves as they exit your spinal cord, exacerbating your pain symptoms.
Facet joint injections contain a corticosteroid and local anesthetic. When injected into the area of your facet joint, the medication alleviates pain and reduces inflammation.
Facet joint syndrome is a general term for inflammation and pain of the facet joint. Inflammation and pain may occur in any facet joint throughout the spine, though most often affect the lumbar (lower back) and cervical (neck) spine.
The facet joint injection helps diagnose and treat facet joint syndrome. The Wisconsin Spine and Pain team determines who needs a facet joint injection after a thorough evaluation.
During your facet joint injection, you lie on your stomach on the exam table. Your provider administers a local anesthetic to numb the area of your spine undergoing the facet joint injection.
Using X-ray-guided imaging, your provider inserts a small needle into the facet joint, injects a contrast dye to confirm placement, and then bathes the joint with the medication.
You may have a significant decrease in pain from the local anesthetic immediately following your facet joint injection. Your pain may return once the local anesthetic wears off, but you should have improvements in your overall pain within 1-2 days after the injection.
The Wisconsin Spine and Pain team recommends you take it easy for a day or two after the procedure; then, you can resume usual activities as tolerated.
The team may refer you to physical therapy following your facet joint injection to prolong the pain-relieving benefits. If your facet joint injection provides significant relief, the team may suggest a nerve block for long-term relief.
To schedule your facet joint injection consultation at Wisconsin Spine and Pain, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.