The facet joints of your spine provide the flexibility that is needed for daily tasks, such as turning your body, bending over and rotation. Chronic pain in the facet joints may deter you from these movements. Facet joint blocks reduce inflammation within the joints to improve your range of motion. National Pain Institute offers facet joint blocks for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What is a Facet Joint Block?
Facet joint blocks are a method of administering anti-inflammatory medications into the facet joints. At National Pain Institute, we perform the procedure with fluoroscopy to ensure that the medication is delivered directly into the joint as intended. This approach maximizes the benefits of the medications of the treatment and allows our patients to enjoy several months of pain relief.
What Are the Benefits of a Facet Joint Block?
We may recommend a facet joint block to:
- Improve engagement with physical therapy and other rehabilitative treatments.
- Reduce swelling around the facet joints that irritates nerves.
- Locate the origin of your chronic pain.
- Give you several months of pain relief to improve range of motion.
Am I a Candidate for a Facet Joint Block?
Facet joint blocks are typically recommended in cases where inflammation around the facet joint nerves is suspected to contribute to chronic pain and limited mobility.
How Are Facet Joint Blocks Performed?
Fluoroscopy is used during the procedure to position the needle at the base of the irritated nerves. Medication is slowly injected, and you may experience a mild burning or tingling sensation. Your treatment plan may include several facet joint block injections in the same area to effectively target the inflammation.
What Is the Recovery Like After a Facet Joint Block?
You will relax in our recovery area for approximately 30 minutes after the procedure. Someone will need to drive you home. You may want to relax for the first 24 hours, although this is not required. The local anesthetic in the medication numbs the area for a few hours, after which the pain may return. This is normal and is not an indication that the facet injections did not work. The steroids take about two to three days to reduce the inflammation.
What Should I Expect After a Facet Joint Block?
In most cases, facet joint blocks alleviate chronic pain for three to four months. If you find that your chronic pain returns, please contact us to schedule an appointment for another series of facet joint block injections.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers facet joint blocks for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.