Facet Joint Injection
A Facet joint injection is a minimally invasive procedure that helps to relieve back and neck pain, due to degenerative and painful facet joints. There is a pair of facet joints at each vertebral level and they allow movement of the spine, but also provide stability. The joint has a capsule like a finger joint and can be affected by arthritis and degenerative changes.
How Does it Work?
Corticosteroid is a strong anti-inflammatory medicine that can reduce the inflammation that occurs from arthritis and degenerative changes in the joint. The corticosteroid is injected, along with a local anesthetic medicine (like novacaine) to provide immediate joint numbing and pain relief.