The Facet Joint Injection Procedure
Facet Joint Injections involve an injection directly into the facet joints in spine in the neck, thoracic or low back area, which is separate from the disc. The small joints called facets tsupport the weight of the body and are commonly sources of pain; at least 50% of the cases.
Facet joint pain can be caused by overall degeneration of the discs, which are the cushions between the vertebrae, resulting in the facet joints having to bear more weight of the body. Repetitive use, premature arthritis, or previous injury can accelerate this type of pain, which is commonly the cause of neck, midthoracic and low back pain. With x-ray guidance, small needles can be directed, delivering cortisone into the joints. If significant improvement is obtained, but is short lasting, a further procedure called radiofrequency can be used to provide longer lasting relief for a period of six months to a year.