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Facet Joint Injection

Facet joint injection is the injection of corticosteroid and local anesthetic into the small joint (facet) between adjacent vertebrae or near the source of pain to provide pain relief by reducing inflammation of the joint.

Benefits
Facet joint injection is performed to decrease pain and inflammation in the facet joint without surgery, and determine the specific location in the spine in which the pain originates. (If you have pain relief after the injection, this may mean the problem is due to the facet joint. If you do not have any pain relief after the injection, the cause of the pain is still unknown. Further diagnostic tests may be needed to diagnose your pain.)
 
Possible Complications
  • Increased blood sugar levels, especially in patients with diabetes
  • Headache/Nausea
  • Transient paresthesias

Related conditions

Doctors Related

Related Centers

Spine Institute

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