A facet injection is a minimally invasive treatment option for back pain caused by inflamed spinal facet joints. Facet joint pain is often related to spinal stenosis, sciatica, or arthritis and is characterized by neck, arm, low back or leg pain. This injection may also be used as a diagnostic and therapeutic test to determine if facet joint inflammation is the source of the patient's pain.
An epidural injection administers medication into the epidural space to temporarily relieve cervical, thoratic, low back and leg pain. This treatment is most effective for decreasing swelling, pain, and inflammation caused by the conditions such as:
|Lumber Disc Herniation||Vertebral Compression Fractures|
|Degenerative Disc Disease||Facet Joint or Nerve Root Cysts|
|Lumbar Spinal Stenosis||Annular Tear of Vertebral Disc|
A transforaminal injection is a selective nerve root block which is performed with the aid of fluoroscopy (x-ray). The medicine reaches the area of inflammation around the nerve tissue and reduces pain. This allows the patient to undergo more effective physical therapy, resulting in a faster return to a normal level of functioning.
Trigger Point Injections are an effective treatment for pain in areas containing muscle knots that form when muscles do not relax. These knots can also irritate nerves around them, causing pain in other areas of the boody. The injection will loosen the knots, allowing faster muscle healing.
Facet Injections and Transforaminal Epidural Injections are performed once a week for three weeks. These procedures are performed under twilight sedation for ten to fifteen minutes and are very safe with zero to minimal risks. Some risks may be the experiance of soreness around the injection site, but typically the patient will resume full activity the next day.