The facet joints of the spine allow your vertebrae to move and give your spine flexibility. A facet joint block is recommended for chronic pain in the facet joints. Texas Pain Institute offers facet joint blocks for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas.
What are Facet Joint Blocks?
Facet Joint Blocks are interventions that introduce steroid and numbing medications into the joints of your spine. The facet joints are located in between the vertebrae and give you the ability to bend and twist your spine. As with other joints in the body, the facet joints are susceptible to arthritis and other conditions that cause chronic pain.
What are the Benefits of a Facet Joint Block?
Your primary or specialty physician may recommend a facet joint block when more conservative therapies, such as medications, do not provide you with adequate relief. The injections take less than one hour and do not require surgery or general anesthesia.
Am I a Candidate for a Facet Joint Block?
You may be a good candidate for a facet joint block if you have been diagnosed with:
- Degeneration in the spine
- Spinal arthritis
- Trauma injury to the facet joints
Facet joint conditions may cause pain in any part of the back, as well as the arms, legs or neck.
How is a Facet Joint Block Performed?
At Texas Pain Institute, we use advanced imaging technology to guide our administration of the medications in the facet joint block. A needle is slowly inserted through the soft tissues until we reach the facet joint. As the medication is injected, you may feel a slight burning for a few seconds. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes.
What is the Recovery Like After Facet Joint Blocks?
You may have some minor discomfort at the point where the needle was inserted through your skin. The facet joint may have been numbed during the procedure, and this effect will last for one to two days. The steroids typically take effect within three days, so you may have some mild pain until then.
What is the Prognosis After a Facet Joint Block?
In most cases, facet joint blocks provide relief for up to four months. If your chronic pain returns, we will administer another series of injections.
Arthritis and other disorders of the facet joints in your spine may cause chronic pain, and facet joint blocks may be an option if conservative therapies do not reduce the discomfort. Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer facet joint blocks for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.