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Can you tell me what is a facet joint block?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Spine Joints

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate, therefore a facet joint injection is into that place where they meet.
Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain.

In brief: Spine Joints

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate, therefore a facet joint injection is into that place where they meet.
Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: A shot

Cortisone like medicine or anesthetic (numbing) medicine is injected (shot into) the joint or around the nerve going to the joint.
The most accurate means is to use a fluoroscopy (x-ray) machine and a small amount of dye to be sure the medication gets to the right spot.

In brief: A shot

Cortisone like medicine or anesthetic (numbing) medicine is injected (shot into) the joint or around the nerve going to the joint.
The most accurate means is to use a fluoroscopy (x-ray) machine and a small amount of dye to be sure the medication gets to the right spot.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Given for diagnosis

Facet blocks are used for diagnostic purposes and can be also combined with a steroid such as kenalog (triamcinolone) for additional short term relief if this is the source of the back pain.
The facet joints are true joints located in the spine, 2 at each level that are load bearing and allow for certain motions and can be injured or develop arthritis.

In brief: Given for diagnosis

Facet blocks are used for diagnostic purposes and can be also combined with a steroid such as kenalog (triamcinolone) for additional short term relief if this is the source of the back pain.
The facet joints are true joints located in the spine, 2 at each level that are load bearing and allow for certain motions and can be injured or develop arthritis.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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