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Possilbe pain relief for facet joints?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Options
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.

In brief: Options
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.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Injections
One can have facet joint injections with steroid and local anesthetic.
If this helps for even a short time then radiofrequency neurotomy will likely help long term. http://www.swarmwebhosting.com/ans/piedmont/sp_radioneurot.html.

In brief: Injections
One can have facet joint injections with steroid and local anesthetic.
If this helps for even a short time then radiofrequency neurotomy will likely help long term. http://www.swarmwebhosting.com/ans/piedmont/sp_radioneurot.html.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: See below
The first thing that i usually recommend is physical therapy.
This helps in about 6-7/10 cases. When this does not help, there are various interventional procedures for facet joint pain. One is called medial branch radiofrequency treatment which treats the nerves to these joints. They can often provide relief for a year or more but i still like to see people be consistent with exercise.

In brief: See below
The first thing that i usually recommend is physical therapy.
This helps in about 6-7/10 cases. When this does not help, there are various interventional procedures for facet joint pain. One is called medial branch radiofrequency treatment which treats the nerves to these joints. They can often provide relief for a year or more but i still like to see people be consistent with exercise.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Thank
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