Facet joints are small joints located in the neck and back keeping your spine both stable and flexible. Due to normal aging, these joints are subject to wear and tear that can lead to back and neck pain. Facet joint injections can ease inflammation and therefore reduce neck and back pain. This is an injection of numbing medicine. It bathes the medial branch nerves, which attach to the facet joints of your spine. These nerves hurt when facet joints are injured or diseased. The injection helps find the source of your pain. And it may relieve your pain for a brief time.
If you suffer from facet joint syndrome and would like additional information on this painful condition, please review our facet joint syndrome article. If you are interested in or scheduled for a medial branch blocks or facet joint injection, please please review the video and frequently asked questions below. Additionally, if you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to discuss them with your physician.