Facet Injections

Facet injections can be performed to the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of the spine. This area can be injected if there is no history of trauma, arthritis, or inflammation of the facet joint. These injuries can occur after a sudden forceful twisting of the spine while lifting heavy objects. The pain can be associated with decreased range of motion and spasms. During the procedure you will be injected with a local anesthetic and steroid medication. Depending upon the origin of the pain you may receive several injections at different levels of the spine. You may require a series of three injections. Depending upon the amount of relief that you receive the doctor may discuss a more permanent procedure to alleviate your pain called a radiofrequency.