Facet Injection For Back Pain

Facet joint pain arises from degenerative changes within the facet joint. These changes may cause inflammation. The mainstay of treatment is anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, chiropractic care and activity modification. If these treatments fail to provide adequate pain relief, injections may be considered. Facet injections may also be used as a diagnostic evaluation. If the pain decreases significantly after the injection, this helps to verify the joint as a pain generator. This can be helpful in planning future treatment. These injections can provide relief from pain for days or even years or, in some cases, permanently.

 

Conditions Treated with Facet Injection Treatments

Facet joint pain

Before Facet Injection Treatment

Once you have decided to have the facet injection, the following events take place:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your facet injection treatment.
  • Discontinue all medications after midnight before your injection. If you are on routine medications for heart, blood pressure or diabetes, you can take your medication as usual the morning of your injection with a sip of water. Diabetics may eat.
  • Tell the doctor if you are on Coumadin (blood thinner) because special arrangements will need to be made.

During Facet Injection Treatment

  • You will be lying on a table in a procedure room.
  • The skin in the area where the injection will be made will be cleaned.
  • A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area of the injection.
  • Fluoroscopy, a method used to make images, will be used as the physician passes the needle into the facet joint.
  • A mixture of anesthetic and cortisone is injected into the facet joint(s).
  • The injection procedure will take about 30 minutes.

After Facet Injection Treatment

  • You will be in a recovery room for about 30 minutes.
  • It is important that you have someone to drive you home.
  • It is common to experience an increase in pain once the numbing medicine wears off.
  • The steroid in this back pain treatment does not become effective for 24-36 hours.
  • Activity should be restricted for the first 4-5 days after the facet injection treatment.

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We are a Pain Management Center in Manhattan, NY. We provided a one-on-one experience, using state of the art equipment, and proven techniques that reduce pain quickly and enable a return to normal function. With our services, we aim to ensure complete well-being of patients with a holistic approach.

At our clinic, we properly determine the cause of discomfort, plan strategies and suggest therapies, accordingly. Our main aim is to ensure the complete well-being and health of patients; therefore we use several holistic treatments that stimulate the ability of the body to repair the damaged area.

Our holistic treatments are extensively utilized in the form of an alternate to pain medications and surgeries in various musculoskeletal conditions, as it focuses on permanently treating the root cause of the pain. Our holistic treatments include: Prolotherapy, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), Sarapin Therapy, Zeel Therapy, and Stem Cell Therapy.

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