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If i get facet joint block at c6, does it also heal inflamed nerves in the facet joint area at C4 and C5 level? Are they inter-connected?

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Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No need to 'heal'

Facet blocks are effective at managing pain from the facet joint itself by quieting nerve transmission from the nerves in that joint.
Each joint is made up of 2 levels of bone (for example c5/c6 is 1 joint). Each joint needs to be done separately. Even with MRI changes, no need to treat asymptomatic levels. Treatment is to stop the pain cycle-not 'heal.' read www.Backsense.Org for more info.

In brief: No need to 'heal'

Facet blocks are effective at managing pain from the facet joint itself by quieting nerve transmission from the nerves in that joint.
Each joint is made up of 2 levels of bone (for example c5/c6 is 1 joint). Each joint needs to be done separately. Even with MRI changes, no need to treat asymptomatic levels. Treatment is to stop the pain cycle-not 'heal.' read www.Backsense.Org for more info.
Dr. Lauren Elson
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: They may but it=diag

They r 4 more of a diagnostic test.
They may have a long time of relief but not a permanent solution. Radio frequency ablation may b the next step.

In brief: They may but it=diag

They r 4 more of a diagnostic test.
They may have a long time of relief but not a permanent solution. Radio frequency ablation may b the next step.
Dr. Peter Ihle
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Dr. Atif Haque
Neurosurgery

In brief: No

Injecting at one facet joint is likely not going to alleviate symptoms at another level.
Tissue surrounds the joint, so medicines don't just freely track from one to another.

In brief: No

Injecting at one facet joint is likely not going to alleviate symptoms at another level.
Tissue surrounds the joint, so medicines don't just freely track from one to another.
Dr. Atif Haque
Dr. Atif Haque
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