Facet Joint Injections
Facet joints are small joints at each segment of the spine that provide stability and help guide motion. Facet joints can become painful due to arthritis, back injury, or mechanical stress.
pain felt in the head, neck, shoulder, and/or arm
THORACIC FACET JOINT PAIN
pain felt in the upper back, chest, and/or arm (not often)
LUMBAR FACET JOINT PAIN
pain felt in the lower back, hip, buttock, and/or leg
please call us with any questions or schedule a FREE SYMPTOM REVIEW over the phone to see if you are a candidate for facet joint injections
Goals of Facet Joint Injections
Facet joint injections usually have two goals: to help diagnose the cause and location of pain and also to provide pain relief:
Diagnostic goals: By placing numbing medicine into the facet joint, the amount of immediate pain relief experienced by the patient will help determine if the facet joint is a source of pain. If complete pain relief is achieved while the facet joint is numb, it means that joint is likely a source of pain.
Pain relief goals: Along with the numbing medication, a facet joint injection also includes injecting time-release steroid (cortisone) into the facet joint to reduce inflammation, which can sometimes provide longer-term pain relief.
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WILL MY INSURANCE COVER THIS PROCEDURE?
Most insurance carriers do cover this procedure. Your out of pocket cost depends on the plan you have but our staff will be happy to contact your insurance carrier to get the details and answer any other questions you may have. Call us anytime.