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Facet Joint Injections

Facet Joint Injections

A facet joint injection is an injection into the small joints that connect the vertebrae within the spinal column. It is commonly carried out by a specialist under imaging guidance. The area of interest is localised and then under local anaesthesia a needle is placed intimate with the joint and adjacent nerves and an injection of local anaesthetic and steroid is made around this area. The local anaesthetic can have an immediate effect on symptoms and the steroid tends to have a delayed effect which may take up to two weeks. Often, due to the non-specific nature of back and neck pain, multiple joints are injected at one sitting as a trial of therapy.