Facet joint blocks offer several benefits, including the potential for temporary pain relief from conditions associated with facet joint syndrome. They serve as a valuable diagnostic tool to pinpoint the source of spinal pain, and their minimally invasive nature results in shorter recovery times and reduced discomfort compared to surgery.
While generally considered safe, there can be potential side effects or risks associated with the procedure, such as infection, bleeding, or temporary numbness in the injection area.
On the day of your procedure, you will receive an injection of local anesthetic, corticosteroids, and a small amount of contrast dye. Please let us know if you have had any previous adverse reactions to those medications.
The local anesthetic effect can last for several hours after your injection, and you may experience temporary numbness or weakness. We advise that you refrain from driving the day of your procedure. Please bring a driver to your appointment, and note that they must stay in the facility for the duration of the procedure.