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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What happens during a knee osteotomy? After having that surgery done does that lead to clicking and popping of the knee joint?
Bone is cut: Knee osteotomy is where the a bone around the knee is cut (osteotomized) to correct a deformity of the bone or to unweight an area of arthritis inside of the knee. It does not usia=ually result in a clicking or popping of the knee joint unless there is a preexistant problem of the knee. ...Read more
How many Cervical Epidural Steroid Injections can one have in the same disc before surgery is necessary?
Different Areas: Facet injections are used for typical whiplash and arthritic pain that emanates from the facet joint in the spine which is in the back of spine. The epidural steroid injection can help with the same, however typically is used to treat the spinal nerve pain that is due to spinal stenosis or herniated disk that is pinching the exiting spinal nerve(s) which is in the front of spine area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 3 more doctor answers
Minimal: Occasionally, patients have an hour or two of injection site soreness, due to passage of the needle through muscles. Ice and rest is sufficient to address this pain. ...Read more
Can cortisone injections to elbow cause avascular necrosis of elbow? I had 4 injections. Last two to elbow joint
24-48 hours: The pain of the injection or the pain being treated by the injection? It should disappear within 24-48 hours. ...Read more
Sometimes normal: This will depend on when you had the injection, when was the pain and for how long. Cortisone has a crystalline structure and can irritate the joint lining when injected. Typically this will occur in the first 24-48 hours after the injection is given and will usually resolve on its own. Persistent or continually worsening pain beyond this can be concerning though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain Management: How long can the positive effects of a cervical facet joint nerve block diagnostic test last before retreatment (been 1 month now)?
Does a epidural injection for low back pain L5 s1 disk herniated usually help in patients? What is the procedure for having a epidural injection?
Yes: It can work. In my experience 50% of patients do very well and the other half only partially helped.The procedure involves injecting meds in the epidural space which is inside the spinal canal but outside the sac which contains the nerves and spinal fluid, it is done either by feel or using x-ray guidance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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