Your spine is highly flexible. To allow its range of movement, the spine features multiple moving parts and joints. Facet joints in particular allow multiple movements of the spine, including bending, twisting and extending in different directions. These well-lubricated joints have a cartilage lining to reduce friction. They’re attached to the back part of each vertebral bone.
These joints also prevent spinal injury by restricting excessive movement, such as hyperextension and hyperflexion. When healthy, facet joints glide and slide when you move your back while preventing over-twisting. With age, disease or injury, changes in the facet joints can cause incapacitating lower back pain, upper back pain or middle back pain.
At the Spine & Rehab Group, with locations in New York City and northern New Jersey, Dr. Amr Hosny and the other spine specialists use the latest medical knowledge and technology to diagnose and treat spinal conditions. When appropriate, these treatments include facet injections.
A facet joint injection contains a local numbing agent and steroid medication, which anesthetizes the facet joints, relieves inflammation and blocks the pain. Your spine doctor applies the medication using a small needle with x-ray guidance, called fluoroscopy, into the affected area of the facet joint. This is a highly effective pain management technique for back pain. Crucial facts to know about a facet joint treatment include:
While the effects of the injection aren’t permanent, millions of people who suffer from neck and back pain have benefitted from this treatment technique. It’s helped them enjoy a better quality of life. The team at the Spine & Rehab Group in NYC and northern NJ use the latest imaging technology to perform the procedure successfully.
A facet joint injection can treat multiple conditions causing neck and back pain. The specific type of injection depends on your diagnosis of the condition, as well as which section of your spine has become painful. Some conditions where facet block injections have proved to be effective include:
Your spine doctor only recommends lumbar facet injections or cervical facet injections after conclusive tests. By using advanced imaging technology, the doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group can pinpoint the exact facet joint causing your pain. This makes the results of the facet joint injection more easily predictable.
I came to the spine and rehab group for my back and leg pain. I was able to get an appointment the same day I called. The staff was very friendly and courteous. The doctors were very knowledgeable and took time to explain what was causing my pain and answer all my questions. I felt comfortable having my procedure done in their state of the art surgery center, where the staff made you feel at ease. They are very easy to reach and available to answer all your questions.Narendra G. ★★★★★
The entire staff at The Spine & Rehab group is great. They are so helpful and kind. The doctors really take time to talk to their patients and answer any and all of the questions that I had. I've had office visits and procedures done and everyone to the front desk, to the nurses. and the doctors were just great and knowledgeable. They really got me feeling better as well. Since I starting going there my pain has improved greatly! I would recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to everyone!Carmen C. ★★★★★
The Spine & Rehab Group is my go to place for chronic pain. The doctors are compassionate and supportive. The nurses and staff are professional and so caring. I have been a patient here for almost 10 years . The doctors and physician assistant are extremely knowledgeable and always looking for the best way to help with my chronic pain! I always recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to people dealing with pain, I even tell my other doctors what wonderful doctors they are.Val B. ★★★★★
These days it’s hard to find a professional, yet extremely caring physicians office, particularly in the field of Pain Management. Dr. Hosny, Dr. Chu, physician’s assistant Summer and the entire staff have managed to make this happen. Robin helped me many times with insurance to ensure that I got my shots in a timely manner (Hi Robin!). I’ve been going to this office for about three years and I couldn’t be more pleased!Anne ★★★★★
I went to Dr. Hosny with lower back pain. I spend many hours sitting in a truck for my job. After an hour or so I would get pain in my back. Since I am a truck driver, pain killers were not an option for me. After a few sessions with Dr. Hosny, I am pain free. The staff at New Jersey Pain Care Center and are wonderful and caring people. I would recommend anyone go to Dr. Hosny if they want real results.Jeff ★★★★★
I had gone to Dr. Hosny with severe back pain after spinal surgery. It was debilitating pain that stopped me from being able to function normally. Dr. Hosny suggested that I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in my back. It is the best thing I EVER did. I am so excited to be able to return to my normal life with no medication. My experience at the pain center was wonderful. The nurses were very understanding and kind.Glen ★★★★★
I have had back surgeries that provided me no relief from my pain. After a few treatments with Dr. Hosny, I have almost no discomfort. I have no need for my pain medication anymore, and have been able to go back to working out and enjoying activities with my family. I was pleasantly surprised at the treatment I received at New Jersey Pain Care Center. The staff is very nice, and treats you with respect. The facility is clean, bright and everything is brand new.Jen ★★★★★
I had been having pain in my neck for many years. I had been to other doctors and they all recommended that I have surgery. I was hesitant to get surgery, so I wanted one more opinion. I had a friend tell me about Dr. Hosny and New Jersey Pain Care Center. From the moment I met Dr. Hosny I knew he wasn’t your average doctor. He took the time to listen to my concerns about surgery, and he agreed. After my cervical radiofrequency, I have full range of motion back in my neck, and best of all, no pain.Sharon
While a facet injection is highly effective in pain treatment, it only works for correctly diagnosed facet joint problems. Symptoms that you’re a good candidate for a facet injection include:
Indications that you’re not a good candidate for facet joint injections include if you:
Your doctor can recommend alternatives such as pain medication, muscle relaxants, massage therapy and pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) ablation. Contact the spine and pain specialists at the New York City and New Jersey spine clinic locations to get help with your back pain. The team uses a multi-disciplinary, integrative approach to treatment with the help of cutting-edge medical technology.