FACET JOINT INJECTION AT PINNACLE PAIN MANAGEMENT
A facet joint injection, also known as a facet joint block, is an outpatient procedure that helps in decreasing pain and soreness resulting from the inflammation or swelling of facet joints. Facet joints compose a set of spinal vertebrae in the neck and extending to the tailbone. These joints allow movement between the vertebrae. A facet injection is what administers medication to any of these joints that are experiencing selling or inflammation.
WHEN A FACET JOINT INJECTION MAY BE REQUIRED
Chronic pain sufferers who have arthritis or some other condition that causes swelling or inflammation of facet joints in the neck or back are good candidates for facet joint injection. Someone who has experienced trauma to the neck and/or spinal cord may also want to consider a facet joint block if pain is severe or chronic. Trauma to the neck or spine such as whiplash can injure your facet joints. Without treatment, simple movements like twisting or turning can worsen pain in the facet joints of the neck or back.
Often, those who opt for a facet join block are those who find that other therapies or medications have not been successful in relieving their pain. At Pinnacle Pain Management, we’ll use an X-Ray to help in the diagnosis of your pain and confirm if a facet joint injection is the best treatment for you.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING FACET JOINT INJECTION THERAPY
A facet join block is an outpatient procedure that takes only ten to twenty minutes. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the skin and deep tissues, minimizing discomfort. Dr Neeraj Jain, M.D., uses an X-Ray to aid in guiding him to the needed injection area. The procedure is done with precision, treating as many as three to four joints per visit, with just one side of the back or neck undergoing the procedure.
Once the procedure is done, you might mistakes the lingering effects of the local anesthesia for the absence of your facet pain. But, in all likelihood, you’ll feel some soreness during the next day or two that is the result of the needle used during treatment. Icing the area of injection should relieve this discomfort. Get plenty of rest and relaxation for a few days after the treatment.
Those who undergo local anesthesia can generally drive themselves home after their facet joint injection treatment. However, if you decide to opt for full sedation while undergoing your facet joint block, make sure that a friend or relative accompanies you in order to drive you home afterward.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR FACET JOINT INJECTION THERAPY
Between two and seven days, the benefits of pain relief from the facet joint injection treatment should be in full effect, lasting for multiple weeks to as many as three months. The need for return visits for facet joint block treatment will depend on your particular situation. It’s very possible that one treatment visit will do the trick for you.
Keep in mind that facet joint injection treatment is usually done in order to identify whether or not a particular facet joint or grouping of facet joints is causing your pain. When the diagnosis is determined, it is very likely that facet rhizotomy will be recommended.
Dr. Jain will thoroughly scrutinize your situation, then counsel path of action that is best for you.
NERVE BLOCK TREATMENT AT PINNACLE PAIN MANAGEMENT
A comprehensive variety of therapeutic methods is all part of our multi-disciplinary approach in pain management. The fields of psychology, physical therapy and chiropractics are all at our disposal in developing the very best management program for your pain. Peace of mind, encouragement and hope are all critical in pain management. And that’s why, in addition to the best medical and therapeutic techniques at our disposal, we tailor a pain management plan to your unique situation.
At Pinnacle Pain Management, our priority is returning you to a better quality of life. We have many convenient locations to serve you in the Greater Chicago Area. If you’re experiencing pain that may benefit from facet joint injection treatment, call (630) 794-9999 or use our Contact Us Page to find the location nearest you.