Now Offering FAST TRACK. Same day treatments available. Book Now

Facet Joint Injections - Image - Header

Facet Joint Injections

Found on either sides of the rear of the spinal cord is the facet joints. These joints can become extremely painful when irritated or when inflamed.

What is a facet joint injection?

A facet joint injection can be administered by a physician to help diagnose the origin of the patient’s discomfort, the procedure can also help alleviate pain and inflammation.

How is a facet joint injection administered?

1. Numbed Skin

Prior to commencing the procedure, the doctor injects a local anesthetic to desensitize the skin and tissue on top of the facet joint.

2. Placement Confirmed

The doctor inserts a contrast solution via the needle.  The doctor utilizes a fluoroscope (a kind of x-ray equipment) to ensure that the end of the needles is accurately in place within the epidural space.

3. Medication Injected

Following the careful validation of the needle's exact position, the doctor positions a steroid-anesthetic medication.  This prescription bathes the inflamed nerve roots which will help ease the pain being experienced by the patient.

A single or multiple-facet joint may be treated at the same time. In the event that the patient responds positively to the treatment,  and the procedure causes the pain to lessen or go down, the experience only validates that the facet joint (single or multiple joints) injected was the original source of the pain the patient is experiencing.

4. End of Procedure

The pain in the back and neck may vanish, even immediately after a successful procedure due to the anesthetic that has been injected into the patient.  As the anesthetic gradually disappears, the pain experienced prior to the injection may come back.  As for the steroid, it will start to take effect during the number of days after the injection has been administered by the physician which will eventually help reduce the inflammation, swelling, and pain.  The injection will bring relief, which can range from several days to an outstanding several months.  However, only three injections can be provided per patient per year.

Learn more about Facet Joint Injections and how AZ Pain and Spine Institute uses it to treat conditions and alleviate pain.

Why Choose AZ Pain - Image

Why choose AZ Pain and Spine Institute for your treatment?

We are a team of pain management doctors and specialists. Our physicians have double board certification in their chosen fields and have undergone additional fellowships in pain management. Our professionals have also received advanced medical training in minimally invasive spinal procedures and pain management, including Facet Joint Injections.