Facet joints are small joints at each segment of the spine. They stabilize the spine and help guide motion. If the joints become painful due to arthritis, injury, or mechanical stress, they can cause pain in various areas. The lumbar facet joints can cause pain in your lower back, hip, buttock or leg.
Facet joint pain can arise from a back injury, back stress or of the spine. A facet joint injection of a steroid medication can be administered to the cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back) or lumbar (lower back) region. The pain relief from a facet joint injection is intended to help a patient better tolerate a physical therapy routine to rehabilitate his or her injury or back condition.
We also use facet joint injections to determine the cause of back pain. By placing numbing medicine into the joint, the amount of immediate pain relief you experience will help confirm or deny the joint as a source of your pain. If we are able to completely relieve your pain while the facet joints are numb, then these joints are likely your pain source. Furthermore, time-release cortisone will be injected into these joints to reduce any presumed inflammation, which can, on many occasions, provide long-term pain relief. Once we identify the structure that is causing your pain, we can begin to explore options for treating the condition.
At Coastal Back and Pain Institute, Dr. Douglas Manganelli and his team of experts have your back. Contact us today at 732-747-7076 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.