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Alternatives To Facet Joint Injections
Did the pain go away: Facet joint injections are a diagnostic and therapeutic tool that is employed by pain medicine specialists. The goal is to see if your familiar pain goes away in the immediate period after the facet blocks are completed and should this occur, then a diagnosis of facet pain is made and if and when the 'original' pain comes back, there are appropriate therapies that can be employed accordingly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Depends on your pain issue. Facet injections are helpful and can be long-lasting, however if your get short lived relief you may need to get evaluated for a radiofrequency ablation for longer lasting relief (greater than 1 year of relief is typical). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If I have facet joint injections and they work short term what next? How bad do you have to be to get surgery?
If you get relief: From facet joint injections then you can have another injection called a medial branch block , which if the same relief is provided, then you would be a candidate for radio frequency lesioning or rhizotomy for longer term relief. Surgery is reserved for those who fail comprehensive non op rx and have a surgical indication ie.: something that can have a reasonable degree of good surgical outcome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Facet Joint Pain: Radiofrequency procedures work well if a previous facet injection or medial branch block was performed with greater than 75-80% relief that was obtained. This is used to determine pain from facet joints. As with anything there are failures, but quite low if the block worked well. Risks are the same as with any spine procedure, no different. Rare that you would be worse off afterwards. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why?: Although i used to give them, studies by deyo, et al, and others more recently, have shown little benefit over a systemic steroid injection. The injection is delivered to the facet joint, the true synovial joints of the spine. Afcet joints problems are likely if you have pain with backward extension of your spine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How effective are facet joint injections at relieving neck pain? I had a different type of injection in my lower back that didn't help.
Hard to say: Depends on your pain issue. Facet injections are helpful and can be long-lasting, however if your get short lived relief you may need to get evaluated for a radiofrequency ablation for longer lasting relief (greater than 1 year of relief is typical). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Discomfort with LP : Depends on lots of things ( mostly technique I have found ) Often patients ask if it will hurt as I am finishing the procedure !! ( they felt absolutely no pain at all ) ...Read more
Ok, had facet joint injections-thoaracic, after epidurals failed...What is next pain mang 4 thoracic spine 6 bulgd disc, help, sugg?
Bulging discs: The fact that there are bulging discs, might have nothing to do with your pain. There are lots of people with bulging discs (a normal phenomenon of aging) and no pain at all, and having an image finding with bulging should not lead to you becoming a pin-cushion. There is probably another reason that makes you hurt, and maybe a second opinion with a good physical exam might help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had facet joint injections which have not worked I'm bent over can not lean back physio therapy has not worked I've got stenosis and ddd? See pic
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