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.

  • Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital


    Ashford and St Peter’s
    NHS Foundation Trust
    Guildford Road, Cherstey,
    Surrey, KY16 0PZ.
    Ph: 01932 722 730
  • The BMI Runnymede Hospital


    The BMI
    Runnymede Hospital
    Guildford Road,
    Ottershaw, CHERTSEY,
    KT16 0RQ.
    Ph: 01932 877800
  • Spire St Anthony’s Hospital


    Spire St Anthony’s
    801 London Road,
    SM3 9DW.
    Ph: 020 8337 6691
  • Nuffield Health Woking Hospital


    Nuffield Health
    Woking Hospital
    Shores Road,
    GU21 4BY.
    Ph: 01483 331257
  • Ramsay Health Ashtead Hospital


    Ramsay Health
    Ashtead Hospital
    The Warren,
    Ashtead, Surrey.
    KT21 2SB.
    Ph: 01372 221400