Cervical Facet Joint Injections for Pain Management
Cervical facet joint injections are a type of minimally-invasive procedure that involves injecting a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic into the cervical facet joints. These joints are located in the neck and allow the neck to move in various directions.
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Cervical Facet Joint Injections Treated Conditions
- Osteoarthritis (spondylosis) – Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that is characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage and the underlying bone. It is a degenerative joint disease that usually affects the hands, feet, spine, along with larger weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees.
- Degenerative disc disease (DDD) – Degenerative disc disease is a term used to describe the natural wear and tear of the discs in the spine that occurs as people age. The discs are the cushions that sit between the vertebrae (bones) in the spine and help to absorb shock and allow the spine to move smoothly.
Why Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers?
At Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized care to each New Orleans and Metairie patient. Our highly qualified team has the expertise necessary to provide the best possible outcome for cervical facet syndrome treatment. Our experts will provide an individualized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals.
Cervical Facet Joint Injections FAQ
After a cervical facet injection, it is common to experience some discomfort at the injection site. You should expect to experience relief from neck pain within a few hours to a few days.
It is difficult to predict exactly how long the effects of a cervical facet injection will last because it can vary from person to person, depending on the severity of the pain. Some people may experience relief from neck pain for several weeks or months after the injection, while others may experience relief for a shorter period of time.
You can expect the entire procedure to take around 15-30 minutes.
A cervical facet injection is not generally painful. Patients may feel some pressure during the initial injection, but this should be minimal. The area is also usually numbed with a local anesthetic before the injection to minimize the discomfort.