What is a Facet Injection or Facet Joint Injection?
A facet joint injection is a relatively simple, straightforward procedure. Therefore, is usually performed in an office based procedure suite or in an ambulatory surgical center.
As with many spinal injections, facet joint injections are best performed using fluoroscopy (live X-ray) for guidance to properly target and place the needle (and to help avoid nerve injury or other injury).
What are the Benefits?
One of the biggest benefits is it can isolate the source of pain generation guiding therapy to find a relief from pain and enjoy greater mobility.
What kind of Pain Relief can I expect?
The pain relief is often temporary to isolate the source of pain. In addition, destruction of the facet nerve can give permanent pain relief from the facet joint arthritis.
When diagnosed for pain: you should feel relief immediately from the anesthetic, but will stop in around an hour. Most insurances require two diagnostic facet injections, the next step is Radio Frequency Ablation if needed.
Is a Facet Joint Injection right for me?
Dr. Sturm will determine what is best for your situation, whether its a Facet Joint Injection or another treatment. If you want to become a new patient of Arch Advanced Pain Management, make sure to fill out our form at our new patient enrollment page. If you are a current patient, contact our office about your pain at (636) 244-5004.