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After epidurals, will facet joint injections still work?
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. William Jenkins
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes,
The injections are in two separate locations

In brief: Yes,
The injections are in two separate locations
Dr. William Jenkins
Dr. William Jenkins
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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There is nothing about an epidural injection with will impede performance of a facet joint injection.

In brief: Yes
There is nothing about an epidural injection with will impede performance of a facet joint injection.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: They can
There can be several origins for back pain that can occur simultaneously.
It is not uncommon for there to be some component of back pain originating from the facet joint even when there was some relief from an epidural especially when there may be nerve root irritation or compression from an enlarged facet joint that may now also be arthritic with the facet injection helping that pain.

In brief: They can
There can be several origins for back pain that can occur simultaneously.
It is not uncommon for there to be some component of back pain originating from the facet joint even when there was some relief from an epidural especially when there may be nerve root irritation or compression from an enlarged facet joint that may now also be arthritic with the facet injection helping that pain.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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