Cervical Facet Injection
Facet joints are located on the side of each vertebra in the neck and back. They allow for motion and provide support and stability in the spine. An injury or conditions, like arthritis, may cause them to become painful and inflamed. The cartilage inside the facet joint can break down and become inflamed or worn away, triggering pain signals in nearby nerve endings. Caliber Pain™ offers cervical facet injections to relieve neck pain at our facility in UES New York City.
Facet joint arthritis cannot be reversed. Exercise, lifestyle changes and careful management of your neck pain can help you achieve a better quality of life. If these conservative therapies are not adequate to manage and control the pain, your doctor may recommend injections for pain management.
A facet joint injection is a minimally invasive procedure that involves an injection of a corticosteroid and an analgesic-numbing agent into the painful joint. It can be diagnostic, as well as therapeutic.
Neck Pain Diagnosis and Relief
By placing numbing medicine into the cervical joint, we can gauge the amount of immediate pain relief you experience. If the neck pain goes away completely or to a great degree, we can confirm that the joint itself is the source of pain and not the symptom of other conditions. Along with the numbing medication, a steroid is administered to reduce inflammation and provide long term neck pain relief.
The steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation of the nerves and provide pain relief that can last from days to years. The added benefit is that you will be able to comfortably add physical therapy and an exercise program to your protocol to help maintain long term relief.
If the facet joint block is effective for you, the procedure may be repeated up to three times a year. You may also want to consider a regenerative option like stem cells or PRP (platelet-rich plasma) for their longer-term healing properties.
If you suffer from neck pain, you may have facet joint deterioration. Caliber Pain™ offers cervical facet joint injections for diagnosis and pain relief at our facility in Midtown Manhattan. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.