For pain caused by joints anywhere along the spine, we may recommend a facet joint block for effective pain relief. At The Pain Management Center, we specialize in facet injections and offer these treatments to men and women living in Hamilton, Turnersville and Linwood, NJ.
What Are Facet Joint Blocks?
Facet joint blocks are a pain management treatment that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into any of the facet joints in the spine. There are several facet joints located throughout the spine, any of which can become inflamed or irritated due to injury, back problems, or medical conditions. Facet joint blocks target the joints that are responsible for back pain, soothing this inflammation to produce pain relief. As a result, patients are able to return to their usual activities and participate in other forms of therapy with less discomfort.
What is the Facet Joint Block Treatment Like?
The first step of the facet joint block treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Once the skin is numbed, a needle will be carefully inserted into the joint that is causing you pain. After the needle is in place, the injection will be performed. This treatment is typically completed in less than an hour. After treatment, you may notice some minor swelling or bruising at the injection site, but these effects usually fade within a few days.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Facet Joint Blocks?
After your facet joint block treatment, you will notice immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic that is injected. This will wear off in a few hours, and pain may return briefly. The steroid medication will take effect within a few days, soothing inflammation so that you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief. The results from your facet joint block can last between several weeks and several months. The exact duration of these results will vary, so we will help you determine the kind of results that you can expect during your initial visit. It is possible to receive regular facet joint block treatments for continued relief, if necessary.
To learn more about facet joint block treatments or determine if you are a good candidate for treatment, contact us today at The Pain Management Center. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions or help you schedule your initial visit. We welcome patients from Turnersville, Voorhees, Hamilton, and the surrounding communities of New Jersey.