Facet joint osteoarthritis. The facet joints move the spine. A normal facet joint is covered in healthy cartilage. An osteoarthritic facet joint has damaged cartilage. Pain is caused when the joint moves.
Treatment options. Non-surgical treatment options treat mild to moderate facet joint osteoarthritis. Minimally invasive treatment options treat severe facet joint arthritis and facet joint arthritis that is unresponsive to non-surgical treatment. Facet joint injections are an effective minimally invasive treatment option.
The procedure. A mild sedative and local anaesthetic ensure no pain or discomfort is felt during the procedure. The patient rests comfortably on their stomach. Fluoroscopic X-ray guidance is used. A needle is gently guided to the pain causing facet joint. Anaesthetic and corticosteroid medications are injected into the joint. A dressing is placed over the needle mark.
Results. The anaesthetic medication provides immediate pain relief. The steroid medication decreases inflammation. Other treatment options are used in conjunction with injections for maximum pain relief. Physical therapy, activity modification, bracing, medications, and more are commonly included in a specialist’s customized facet joint osteoarthritis treatment plan.
An initial consultation. Our specialists perform facet joint injections. Specialists are fellowship trained and board-certified. Injection techniques have been perfected. Pain relief is ensured. First, a medical history review is obtained. Next, a physical examination is performed. Last, medical imaging tests are ordered and analyzed. An accurate diagnosis is made and a customized treatment plan is created. To schedule your appointment with a specialist, call or visit our contact page.