Cervical Facet Blocks
Overview These injections help your doctor find or treat pain in the facet joints of your neck. Facet joints are found on both sides of your spine. Your vertebrae connect at these joints.
Preparation To begin, your skin is numbed. With the help of a video x-ray device called a “fluoroscope,” the doctor guides a needle to the target facet joint.
Medication Injected The doctor injects medicine into the joint. The medicine numbs your nerves. It can reduce inflammation. Your doctor may inject facet joints at more than one level of your spine.
End of Procedure You may feel relief immediately. If so, that means your doctor has found the joint or joints causing your pain. Your doctor can repeat the procedure with longer-lasting medicine to help provide long-term relief. Your healthcare provider can create a plan that’s right for you.