A 51-year-old female asked:
What does the cervical facet joints do in your neck? What kind of injection does a doctor give for radiculopathy? Please help and explain
1 doctor answer
Dr. Robert Milam answered
23 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Cervical facets: The 2 facet joints are 2 of the 3 moving parts of each level of the spine. The disc is the 3rd. These joints protect the spine and spinal cord from abnormal motion or translation. If the facet joint were to fracture or "break", it could lead to damage of the nerves/spinal cord. Facet injections are done to help with inflammation in the joint by injecting steroid in the same way you have knee shot.
Answered on Apr 12, 2014
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