Overview of Cervical Facet Injection
Located on the back or side of the neck, pain from cervical facet joints can radiate to the head, neck, shoulder and/or arm. These facet joints are used for stability and motion guidance. Patients may feel pain in this area due to spinal arthritis, back injury or stress from overuse.
How Cervical Facet Injection works
The small area is numbed with a topical agent and/or a steroid. A small injection is administered to ease discomfort during physical therapy for a back injury or condition, or to aid in the diagnosis of the cause and location of an injury. A cervical facet injection is primarily used for pain relief to reduce inflammation in the short and long term. The patient reclines on the procedure table and the treatment area is cleansed and numbed. An X-ray is used to direct the small needle into the facet joint. Contrast dye is then injected to ensure the needle is in the joint, ready to receive the mixture of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory. The actual injection takes only a few minutes. Patients will then rest for up to 30 minutes in the recovery area. The procedure can last up to 30 minutes.
Risks & Complications of Cervical Facet Injection
There are very few risks associated with this procedure. It is possible for the patient to be numb or have a weak feeling at the injection site for a few weeks afterward. An allergic reaction to the contrast dye or steroid may be experienced. If the patient is on blood thinners or has a bleeding disorder, they may bleed more than is common. Fewer than two percent of patients develop an infection. Although rare, nerve or spinal cord damage or paralysis may occur from direct trauma from the needle.
Benefits of Cervical Facet Injection
Patients should experience lasting pain relief.
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