Facet joints are located between each set of vertebrae in the spine from the neck to the tailbone. Facet joints allow each vertebra to move against the vertebra just above and just below it. Facet injections are used to reduce the inflammation and swelling of tissue in and around the facet joint space. Patients with arthritic or thickened facet joints on X-rays that also have any chronic back or neck pain with movement are usually good candidates for facet injections. However, many patients with fairly normal looking facet joints on X-ray can still have arthritis or inflammation in the facet joints and may respond well to facet injections. Bending or twisting often aggravates facet joint pain in the neck or back.
Call the specialists at the Integrated Spine & Pain Center to see if you are a candidate for this treatment.