Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
When back pain originates from the facet joints, a specific type of injection may reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.
The facet joints are the interlocking connections at the back of the spine. There is one to the right and left at each level and they have a surface of cushioning tissue between them (cartilage). Just like any joint in the body, the facet joints can become inflamed due to arthritis and be a source of pain and stiffness, usually in the low back. Most people who suffer from this problem typically complain that pain is most pronounced first thing in the morning, decreases throughout the day and becomes worse again later in the day. The pain
The facet joint injection consists of an anaesthetic with a long-lasting steroid injected into the facet joint itself. This reduces the inflammation in the joint space. This can reduce pain and other symptoms caused by inflammation such as nerve irritation. The facet joint injections are often used as a diagnostic tool to isolate and confirm the specific source of the patient’s pain.