Top Spine Specialists in New Jersey.

Back & Neck Pain Relief Specialists.

We utilize the expertise of our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Specialists, and Physical Therapists to develop treatment plans based on your unique injury, lifestyle, and goals.

What is a Facet Joint Injection?

A facet joint injection is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure performed under oral sedation. The patient lies face down on a comfortable table with a special rest area for the head and neck. Procedure steps are:

  • A local anesthetic numbs the surgical area
  • A needle is guided into the osteoarthritic facet joint
  • Corticosteroid and anesthetic medications are injected into the joint

What is a Facet Joint?

The facet joints are very important because they move the spine. Like all joints, facet joints are covered in smooth cartilage that allows adjacent bones to move smoothly and easily. Osteoarthritis damages facet joint cartilage and causes inflammation and pain. Severe facet joint osteoarthritis can cause nerve compression and bone-on-bone rubbing. The key to effective facet joint osteoarthritis treatment is an early diagnosis. Nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment options quickly decrease symptoms.

How Long Do Facet Joint Injections Take to Work?

Only a very tiny needle mark is made during the quick 15-30 minute procedure. Symptom relief occurs very quickly, if not immediately.

Can I Drive After Facet Joint Injections? 

Patients return home shortly after their procedure and can return to work and normal activities the day after.

What Condition Does a Facet Joint Injection Treat?

Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease that destroys joint soft tissue and cartilage. Vertebral osteoarthritis is especially problematic because the spine is the body’s main support structure. Vertebral osteoarthritis occurs in the facet joints and may cause:

  • Decreased range of motion
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Weakness

These symptoms may be experienced in the spine and/or extremities. Receiving an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward symptom relief. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained spine specialists are facet joint osteoarthritis experts.

Please do not delay a diagnosis if you are in pain. Contact us today to make your appointment.

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