Facet Joint Injection

Performed by Ark-La-Tex Spine Care – serving Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding areas

A Facet Injection is a procedure performed outpatient used to diagnose and treat pain in the neck and back caused by arthritic joints in the spinal column. Conditions such as facet joint disease and spinal stenosis can compress these tiny nerves, causing inflammation and pain. Medication is injected into the joint to decrease the swelling of these nerves. As the inflammation is reduced, caused by the compression, pain will be reduced as well.

Procedure information:

  • Local anesthetic will be used on the treatment area to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure
  • Fluoroscopy, a type of x-ray, will used to insure accurate needle placement

Typical Benefits/Outcomes:

The procedure is performed in our clinic and typically takes less than an hour to perform. The patient can typically return to work the following day. The extent and duration of pain relief may depend on the amount of inflammation, though some patients experience pain relief immediately, it may take up to a week. Many patients experience relief after 1 injection, although some patients may require 2-3 injections to experience significant pain relief.