How a Facet Joint Works
According to Georgetown University, nearly 65 million Americans suffer from back pain. About 16 million adults, or 8% of adults in the U.S., experience some form of chronic back pain. Facet joint injections are a great way to treat back pain without resorting to invasive, high-risk interventions
Here’s how a facet joint injection works:
1. Most facet injections don’t require sedation, but such can be provided if the patient desires it.
2. The patient lies down on a procedure table. The skin over the facet joint to be treated is cleaned.
3. The physician treats the skin with numbing medicine and anesthetic.
4. The physician uses x-ray guidance to direct a tiny needle through the skin and into the facet joint.
5. A small amount of contrast dye is injected into the joint, followed by a mixture of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication.
An outpatient procedure that one can complete in under 30 minutes, facet injections are a stress-free way to treat back pain and improve quality of life.Book An Appointment