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Katy, TX
A 50-year-old female asked:

diagnosed w/deg arthritis in lower back. dr said steroid injection won't help but suggested another injection that numbs disc nerves. what is this?

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Dr. Nolan Segal
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Facet blocks: Likely referring to injecting nerves supplying the facet joints followed by radio frequency ablations of those nerves. Can be helpful in cases with documented facet disease, but results are not universally predictable.
Dr. Martin Morell
Rheumatology 29 years experience
See below: Likely lidocaine, but may be short lived. Most pain guys use both.

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