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What typically happens after facet joint injections?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Diagnostic/therapy

2 kinds of injection with 2 different goals---either you put steroid, lidocaine, bupivacaine in the facet joint or just block or num the nerves to the facet either way you are asked if you got pain relief and for how long to diagnose if the facet is the source of your pain--or repeat the injection for therapy---if we know this is your pain source radiofrequency to destroy nerves to facet to block pa.

In brief: Diagnostic/therapy

2 kinds of injection with 2 different goals---either you put steroid, lidocaine, bupivacaine in the facet joint or just block or num the nerves to the facet either way you are asked if you got pain relief and for how long to diagnose if the facet is the source of your pain--or repeat the injection for therapy---if we know this is your pain source radiofrequency to destroy nerves to facet to block pa.
Dr. Gamal Boutros
Dr. Gamal Boutros
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

This depends on why you got these injections and if they are a component of your back pain or a pain generator. Generally, you should be in your typical pain at the time of the injection to assess the results which are temporary if they help at all.
If they do, you may be a candidate for a rhizotomy of the medial branch nerves that supply the joints tested for more longer lasting relief.

In brief: Depends

This depends on why you got these injections and if they are a component of your back pain or a pain generator. Generally, you should be in your typical pain at the time of the injection to assess the results which are temporary if they help at all.
If they do, you may be a candidate for a rhizotomy of the medial branch nerves that supply the joints tested for more longer lasting relief.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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