Treating Pain with Facet Block Injections
Facet block injections can be helpful in treating inflamed facet joints caused by:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Failed back surgery
- Vertebral fractures
Facet joint injections (or “facet blocks”) are minimally invasive procedures that can relieve neck or back pain caused by inflamed facet joints, which are the small joints at each segment of the spine that provide stability and help guide motion. Using fluoroscopy—which is a real-time X-ray—a steroid injection is inserted into the facet joint capsule in order to reduce inflammation and relieve pain in the cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), or lumbar (lower back) facet joints.
Benefits of Facet Joint Injections
- The pain relief provided by a facet block injection can help patients better tolerate their prescribed physical therapy regimen to rehabilitate their back.
- A facet joint injection can be used to diagnose the cause and location of a patient’s pain as well as provide pain relief.
- Approximately 50% of patients experience pain relief after facet blocks that can last from several days to several months or even years.
At PMIR Medical Center, our team of medially trained pain management specialists understands your pain and the most effective way to treat it. We use standards of excellence, state-of-the-art equipment, and innovative procedures to develop customized, integrative treatment plans to help you achieve long-term, sustainable pain relief.
To learn more about how we can help you return to a pain-free, productive lifestyle, schedule an appointment with a PMIR physician today.
PMIR Pain Checker
The PMIR symptom checker is intended for educational purposes only. PMIR encourages patients to educate themselves on all pain symptoms and the treatments we provide. However, we recommend anyone who may be suffering from any pain to not self-diagnose, or to supplement seeking medical advice with information on our site. If you are in pain, or have a medical emergency contact one of our offices or dial 911.