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Facet Joint Injection

The bones (vertebrae) of our spines are linked to each other by facet joints. The facet joints are paired (one on the right and one on the left side of the spine) on every vertebra. Injecting medication directly into the facet joint with the aid of x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy) helps to locate and relieve the source of the pain.

Medial branch nerves are small nerves that feed out from the facet joints in the spine and carry pain signals from the facet joints to the brain.
The medial branch block is often used as part of a 2-step diagnostic and treatment approach:
A medial branch nerve block is a procedure in which injection is done near small medial nerves connected to a specific facet joint. Typically several levels of the spine are injected in one procedure.If the patient experiences marked pain relief immediately after the injection, then the facet joint is determined to be the source of the patient’s pain.
The procedure is diagnostic as well as therapeutic, meaning that if the patient has the appropriate duration of pain relief after the medial branch nerve block, then he or she may be a candidate for a subsequent procedure – called medial branch radiofrequency neurotomy (or ablation) – for longer term pain relief.
Facet blocks and medial branch blocks are typically ordered for patients who have pain primarily in their back coming from arthritic changes in the facet joints or for mechanical low back pain
Note:-This information should not be used as a substitute for necessary consultations with a qualified pain specialist (Interventional Pain Physician) to meet your individual needs. Always consult a medically trained professional with questions and concerns you have regarding your medical condition.