What is Facet Joint disease?
What are the symptoms of facet joint disease?
The symptoms of facet joint disease include: tenderness near the inflamed joints; back or neck pain; decreased flexibility of back or neck. Occasionally the pain can go arm, upper back (between shoulder blades) and legs.
What is Facet Joint Injection or Medial Branch Block?
Who needs Facet Joint Injection or Medial Branch Block?
Patient with neck or back pain can benefit from this injection. Patients with disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis also have some involvement of facet joints and might benefit from this procedure.
How is this injection performed?
Patients are sedated, numbing medication is then injected at the point of skin entry. A thin needle is advanced near the facet joint under x-ray guidance and a small amount of medication is injected. The injection can be administered in 10-15 minutes.
What are the risks and complications associated with this injection?
It is generally a safe procedure. But as with any interventional procedure, it carries a small risk of potential complications such as bleeding, infection, leaking spinal fluid & injury to blood vessels or nerves around the spine.