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Bloomington, MN 55437
Phone: 952-835-6653
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AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN: Joint Pain Relief

Facet joints are located on the back of the spine on each side of the vertebrae where it overlaps the neighboring vertebrae and provide stability and give the spine the ability to bend and twist. The joint is surrounded by a sac-like capsule and is filled with synovial fluid.

Facet joints

  • in constant motion with the spine
  • commonly wear out
  • become degenerated
  • When facet joints become worn or torn the cartilage may become thin or disappear and there may be a reaction of the bone of the joint underneath producing overgrowth of bone spurs and an enlargement of the joints.  This condition may also be referred to as “facet joint disease” or “facet joint syndrome”.

Also, each joint has a rich supply of tiny nerve fibers that provide a painful stimulus when the joint is injured or irritated. Inflamed facets can cause a powerful muscle spasm.

Facet Joint Injection Treatment

There are basically two reasons for having a facet joint injection:
1) Diagnosis (to determine the source of pain).
2) Therapy (to treat an abnormality that has been detected).

To determine if a facet joint is truly the source of back pain, an injection or block may be prescribed. This is diagnostic use of the facet joint injection.

Facet joint injections are performed while you are awake, under a local anesthetic, and able to communicate.

Although the actual injection takes only a few minutes, the overall procedure usually takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes.

Repeat injections may be considered depending on pain relief provided. Otherwise, facet injections may be precursors to other therapeutic measures. These can be discussed with your healthcare provider.

For anyone who is interested in finding out more, download our printable Joint Pain Relief Information Sheet and contact AdvaCare Clinic today at 952-835-6653.

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