The facet joint block is an injection that serves two purposes:
In other words, facet joint block is both a test and a treatment.
By process of elimination, Dr. Saqib Siddiqui treats the facet joints to see which ones respond to the injection. This pinpoints the source of the pain.
Once the source is identified, The Spine Center can more effectively manage the pain to create less discomfort for you.
On the day of your facet joint block injection, we advise you to avoid any strenuous activities that could place more strain on your back. You'll be given a local anesthetic in the area of the injection, and then, a long needle will be inserted into the facet joint.
Cortisone is then injected, and if the injected joint is the one causing the pain, you should notice your symptoms reducing within a few days. If the pain persists, this eliminates the joint as a source of pain, and future diagnostics may be required.
To help you understand the facet joint block injection procedure as best as possible, we've provided some answers to the most common questions we're asked about it:
We use local anesthesia in the area of the injection to minimize the pain. This is a deep injection; some level of discomfort involved.
The facet joint block uses process of elimination to determine which structure is causing your pain. If the joint being treated truly is the source of your pain, the injection will relieve your symptoms. If it's not the source, your symptoms will persist.
Every case is different. Assuming the true source of your pain is the joint injected; your relief could last up to several months.
When can I return to normal activities? Typically, you can return to work the next day. Dr. Saqib Siddiqui will provide specific recommendations after your treatment.
If you're interested in diagnosing and treating your pain with a facet joint block injection, call (210) 265-1116 or schedule a consultation online today!
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