Most back pain will improve within a few weeks with conservative medical care including options like relative rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and exercises. If you suffer from back pain for more than six weeks despite appropriate medical care, your healthcare provider may order diagnostic tests like x-ray, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), or CT (computed tomography) scans to evaluate the structure of the spine. A problem (such as inflammation, irritation, swelling, or arthritis) in the facet joints may contribute to low back pain and may be visualized on diagnostic imaging. However, normal appearing joints on diagnostic imaging do not completely rule out facet joints as source of pain.


  • What is the Facet Joint Block Treatment Like?

    The first step of the facet joint block treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Once the skin is numbed, a needle will be carefully inserted into the joint that is causing you pain. After the needle is in place, the injection will be performed. This treatment is typically completed in less than an hour. After treatment, you may notice some minor swelling or bruising at the injection site, but these effects usually fade within a few days.

  • What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Facet Joint Blocks?

    After your facet joint block treatment, you will notice immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic that is injected. This will wear off in a few hours, and pain may return briefly. The steroid medication will take effect within a few days, soothing inflammation so that you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief. The results from your facet joint block can last between several weeks and several months. The exact duration of these results will vary, so we will help you determine the kind of results that you can expect during your initial visit. It is possible to receive regular facet joint block treatments for continued relief, if necessary.

To learn more about facet joint block treatments or determine if you are a good candidate for treatment, contact us today at Alleviate. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions or help you schedule your initial visit.

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