Lumbar Facet Joint Injection Procedure

The Lumbar Facet Joint Injection Procedure is an injection into a small joint (facet joint) between two vertebral bodies of the spine that is the likely cause of your lower back, buttock, and/or upper leg pain.

Why is a Lumbar Facet Joint Injection Procedure helpful?

It is helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of your lower back, buttock, and/or upper leg pain, which is likely due to a disorder of your Lumbar Facet Joint. One medication is used for the injection: a long-acting anti-inflammatory steroid agent. At first, you may or may not experience temporary pain relief after the injection. Then, after 48 to 72 hours, you will likely experience pain relief after the injection due to the effects of the long anti-inflammatory steroid agent.

What happens during a Lumbar Facet Joint Injection Procedure?

You will be asked to lie on the procedure table. (If you choose to have IV sedation, you will not experience the following steps of the procedure.) The skin of your lower back at the injection site will be cleaned with an anti-bacterial solution. You will experience an initial sting at the injection site, as the skin will be numbed with a local anesthetic numbing agent. Then, the doctor will guide the procedure needle by way of real-time x-ray to the target structure of your spine for injection of the long-acting anti-inflammatory steroid agent. The injection procedure itself will be brief, usually lasting less than 10 minutes.

What happens after a Lumbar Facet Joint Injection Procedure?

You will be observed for at least 15 minutes in the recovery room for your response to the injection. Your oxygen level, blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiratory rate will be monitored in the recovery room. You may become a little sore at the soft tissues of the procedure site, which is normal and to be expected. You may apply an ice-pack to the sore area of the procedure site. The soreness at the procedure site should go away in a couple of days. You may or may not experience temporary pain relief from the thoracic facet joint after the injection. It usually takes 48 to 72 hours to experience relief of your lower back, buttock, and/or upper leg pain from the long-acting anti-inflammatory steroid agent.

Can I go to work the next day after a Lumbar Facet Joint Injection Procedure?

You can return to work the next day.

If you are experiencing chronic pain, ask your referring physician to contact us on your behalf to schedule your appointment. At Comprehensive Pain Specialists, we evaluate each patient individually and set up a care plan that will suit your specific pain management needs.

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A self-pay option is available for uninsured patients only.