What are facet injections?
Facet injections are a minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatment that are used to treat many different causes of neck and back pain. Facet injections work by reducing the inflammation and irritation in the facet joints of the spine that are causing the pain.
Who is a good candidate for facet injections?
Facet injections are used when patients have already tried other conservative treatments (such as anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy), but are still experiencing chronic back or neck pain.
How facet injections work
A facet injection includes both a long-lasting steroid and an anesthetic. The steroid reduces the inflammation and irritation, while the anesthetic works to numb the pain. The combination medicine then spreads to other levels and portions of the spine, reducing inflammation and irritation. The entire procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes