The facet joints are found throughout the spine, and can be the cause of a range of pain conditions in the upper body. At Advanced Interventional Pain Clinic, we offer facet injections to help patients in Orlando, Longwood and Ocoee, FL, find relief from pain caused by the facet joints.
What is a Facet Joint Injection?
A facet joint injection is a pain management technique that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into or around one of the facet joints. The facet joints, found all along the spine, allow the spine to bend and twist freely. When the facet joints are affected by injury or disease, you may experience a reduced range of motion in the spine as well as significant pain when trying to bend or twist the back. Advanced Interventional Pain Clinic offers facet joint injection to help patients find relief from this pain and enjoy an improved range of motion.
What is a Facet Joint Injection Used to Treat?
The facet joint injection procedure is used to treat any pain that is caused by the facet joints. Since the facet joints are found throughout the entire spine, this may include chronic pain such as back pain, neck pain, spinal arthritis or pain from a herniated disc. The facet joint injection is intended to soothe inflammation in the area while simultaneously providing long-lasting pain relief with the steroid medication.
What Can I Expect from a Facet Joint Injection?
During the facet joint injection procedure, a small needle is inserted into the facet joint where pain is originating. We will ensure that you are adequately numbed for this process. Once the needle is in place, the local anesthetic and steroid medication is injected into the joint. The local anesthetic provides immediate relief, although it will only last for a few hours. Pain may return briefly, but the steroid medication should take effect within a few days, producing the full results of treatment. You will need someone to drive you home after your procedure. During your initial visit with one of our doctors, we will determine the best approach for your facet joint injection procedure and tell you what you can expect from your treatment.
Facet joint injection can help with a variety of pain conditions that may be affecting the back or neck. If you are suffering from pain in these areas, contact us today to determine if you are a good fit for a facet joint injection. Advanced Interventional Pain Clinic offers this and other pain management services to patients in Orlando, Ocoee, Longwood and the surrounding Florida areas.