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What are common complications of a facet joint injection?

What are common complications of a facet joint injection?

Pain, numbness: Facet joint injections are often done in the lumbar & cervical spine, often under fluoroscopy (live x-ray), bathing this joint with an anesthetic (lidocaine, etc.) and steroid/cortisone. Common side effects include pain (during and for the first 48 hours), numbness (often temporary) and bleeding (usually minimal). Rare & serious side effects include infection, nerve injury and spinal fluid leak. ...Read more

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Hey docs, should verced i.V. Always be given for pain during facet joint injection?

Hey docs, should verced i.V. Always be given for pain during facet joint injection?

Depends: Versed can help with anxiety during your procedure but not everyone needs this. So make sure you ask what the sedation or anesthesia will do to you during the procedure. Many times they use other medications as well. I would discuss this with your doctor to have a better understanding of what you might go through. ...Read more

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What is the difference between facet joint injection and paravertebral injection and epidural injection? Any website with picutres explaining such?

What is the difference between facet joint injection and paravertebral injection and epidural injection? Any website with picutres explaining such?

Location: The facet joints are the joints between the vertebra. An epidural injection goes into the epidural space (the space just outside the sac that covers the spinal cord. Depending on approach epidurals can be translaminar or transforaminal. Paracertebralinjections are in the space immediately to the side of the area where the spinal nerves come out of the spine. The location is the main difference. ...Read more

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When do you need facet joint and s-i (sacroiliac) joint injections?

When do you need facet joint and s-i (sacroiliac) joint injections?

When you have done: all conservative care like exercise/physical therapy and medications are not helping. Also you may want to consider this especially if you have to use narcotic pain medications to get relief. ...Read more

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What usually happens after facet joint injections?

What usually happens after 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 more

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What typically happens after facet joint injections?

What typically happens after facet joint injections?

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 more

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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 more

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Facet (Definition)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise ...Read more