Facet joints are small joints between each of the vertebra along your spine. They are the part of the spine’s anatomy that allow for movement. The facet joints can become painful due to arthritis, a back injury, or mechanical stress to the back.
A facet joint injection involves injecting a small amount of local anesthetic and/or steroid medication. The injection can anesthetize the facet joints and block the pain, and it can also reduce inflammation. The pain relief from a facet joint injection is intended to help a patient better tolerate a physical therapy routine to rehabilitate his or her injury or back condition.
Facet joint injections can be used to diagnose the location of pain centers, and to provide long-term treatment for chronic pain conditions.