Lumbar media branch vs facet joint?

Depends. Where they inject and how much relief you get depends on what is causing the pain. Discuss this with your pain mgmt doctor.
Facet Injection. A facet injection is a minimally invasive procedure that can temporarily relieve back pain caused by inflamed facet joints. A facet injection includes both a long-lasting corticosteroid and an anesthetic numbing agent. The Medial Branch Block is mostly an anesthetic injection for diagnostic purposes to determine candidacy for radiofrequency ablation.

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What to do if I have a 'lumbar facet joint radiofrequency denervation'?

Generally Good. Radiofrequency procedures work well if a previous facet injection or medial branch block was performed with greater than 75-80% relief that was obtained. 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 more...

My husband has 4 ruptured disc in the lumbar and his dr is wanting to do a lumbar facet joint injections will this help him? This is a new dr that has just seen him 1 time. My husband has had 2 mri's and he has had this problem for 5 years

Back . Back pain maybe caused by the disks, facet joints, muscles, nerves, spinal cord not to mention other organ systems. Facet joint arthritis is a common cause of back pain and often responds well to injections, radiofrequency burning of facet nerves and endoscopic rhizotomy cutting of facet nerves. Please see my avvo health guide on facet disease. Read more...

Just diagnosed w/ lumbar facet joint pain & was told I have artheritis in my left hip. Got helpful injection in discs but hip hurts. Best treatments?

What is wrong: hip? Treatment depends on what is wrong with your hip. You need a basic ap-pelvis so both hips can be seen. Before this, a thorough exam. Patients frequently think sij pain, pyriformis syndrome, and trochanteric bursitis is hip pain. They are injected differently. Pain on internal rotation of the hip is the best clinical finding to suggest hip pathology. Apart from severe osteoarthritis, i inject! Read more...
Hip injection. Consider hip steroid injection first. Sometimes Joint fluid replacement injections can be helpful, however currently insurance does not cover this treatment. Read more...

How to relieve pain in lower back due to facet joint problems?

Several ways. We start with anti-inflammatory medications, pain medication, if did not help we move to steroids by mouth or injection under fluoroscopy and the last resort is surgery. Read more...
Facet Follies. Facet arthropathy, or vertebral arthritis, is a challenging condition to manage, but not impossible. Relief comes primarily with strengthening the supporting structures around these joints. In doing so you can relieve positional pain. The difficulty with complete relief is due to the fact the spine is mobile. Fusion of involved vertebra also helps, but stresses the joints above/below the area. Read more...
Multiple options . Many treatment options for facet issues. Medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care, facet joint injections under fluoroscopic guidance and acupuncture are some options. Candidly, it's not easy for physicians to reliably predict what patients will favorably respond to which of these options. Read more...
Facet Treatments. May help depending 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...

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.

It varies. If your neck pain is coming from one or more bulging/herniated discs, then the injections may be quite beneficial. They are not as predictable for bony problems, such as arthritis or spinal stenosis. Read more...
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...