The facet joints in your spine make your back flexible and able to bend and twist. Nerves exit your spinal cord through these joints, and healthy joints have cartilage allowing the vertebrae to move smoothly without grinding.
You’ll likely receive a facet injection to either diagnose a source of pain, or treat an abnormality that has already been diagnosed. After the injection, most pain will subside within a few weeks with the aid of:
- Physical Therapy
If you find yourself continuing to suffer from pain, your doctor may order imaging to evaluate your spinal structure and check for inflammation, irritation, swelling, or arthritis. Your doctor will use imaging such as:
You’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb the area near your injection. You’ll be positioned on your stomach and your doctor will sterilize the area before your injection. The procedure should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete.
After your injection, you’ll be allowed to walk but should avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day. You should not take a bath for the first 24 hours, however you may shower.
You may not experience pain relief for 1-2 weeks following the injection. Repeat injections may be considered depending on pain relief.