What is a Spine Facet Injection?
A spine facet injection is a pain treatment procedure in which a doctor injects local anesthetic alone or in combination with an anti-inflammatory steroid into a painful facet joint. The injection works by numbing the facet joints and blocking further pain. The minimally invasive procedure relieves pain and restores spine function.
A facet joint allows twisting movements, bending and flexing forward, and extending and bending backward. To reduce friction, the pairs of joints have cartilage covering the surfaces that come into contact with bones and synovial fluid to allow easy movement. Various conditions cause inflammation of the joints, creating incapacitating back pain.
If you’re in New York, Dr. Ilana Etelzon diagnoses and treats any spinal condition causing back or neck pain. The pain management physician uses advanced procedures such as spine facet injections to help relieve pain and improve your quality of life.