- Constant Headaches
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Spinal Disc Pain Syndromes
- Radiating Arm or Leg Pain
- Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes
- Sciatic Pain
- Degenerative Arthritis Pain
- Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain
- Sports Injuries
Inflamed FACET joints can be at the root of debilitating pain...
What are FACET joints?
FACET joints are small joints or each segment of the spine that provide stability and help guide motion. They allow twisting, flexion and extension motions. These joints link the spine together in the posterior or back part of the spine.
Why do FACET joints cause pain?
Spinal FACET joints are synovial joints. Like the shoulder and the knee, spinal FACET joints have a joint capsule lubricated with fluid and abundantly innervated by a network of pain-sensitive nerve fibers. These joints are prone to injury, deterioration, and inflammation. Spinal FACET joints sometimes become sources for chronic neck and back pain independent of intervertebral discs and spinal nerves. However; they become particularly vulnerable when the intervertebral disc is injured due to trauma (such as whiplash) or when degeneration is present. This is due to loss of disc height and space and reduction of support for the FACET joint. Under these conditions inflammation and nerve irritation can occur causing pain.
What is a spinal FACET joint injection?
The FACET joint injection is an injection of an anesthetic with an anti-inflammatory into the spinal FACET joint. This can reduce pain and other symptoms caused by inflammation such as nerve root irritation. The injection is done under fluoroscopic guidance (x-ray). The procedure itself takes only a few minutes.