What is a Facet Joint Injection?

A facet joint injection is a precise anaesthetic injection targeting the facet joints or the nerves to these joints, in the spine. Facet joints are the series of joints between each section of the spine that enables it to move.

How do facet joint injections work and when are they used?

The facet joint injections performed by the Pain Management Wales specialists involves a relatively short procedure during which the injection is made directly to the joint (or its nerve) using very precise guiding techniques, such as X-ray fluoroscopy. The purpose of the injection is to provide pain relief to an irritated joint. The anaesthetic and anti-inflammatory medicine in the injection directly treats the pain but the injection can also act as a diagnostic tool if the troublesome joint has not yet been identified.

What conditions does it treat?

Most conditions, which are causing pain or stress in the facet joints, for example, arthritis or back injuries, can normally be treated with a facet joint injection.

Are there any side effects?

Some potential side effects from a facet joint injection can include infection or allergic reaction, but when carried out by a medical expert at Pain Management Wales, the risk of these complications developing is low.