Facet Joint Blocks

The main aim of interventional pain treatments is to accurately locate the cause of the ongoing pain, confirm the diagnosis, and test the reversibility of the symptoms. It is, therefore, customary to carry out an injection with local anaesthetic with or without steroids to ‘test’ the accuracy of the diagnosis and assess how much of the pain is inflammatory by the beneficial effects of the steroid. We will use this information to plan further longer-lasting radio-frequency treatments as required.

Facet Joint Blocks

Facet joint pain is one of the most common causes of neck and back pain. This condition can be diagnosed and treated by injections in selective cases. In order to determine whether you have facet joint pain, we will carry out medial branch blocks to the nerve supply of the joint and assess you in 4-6 weeks. This may suffice as a pain treatment in itself or lead to a radio-frequency treatment if appropriate

After your treatment

We suggest that someone drive you home after these procedures, with or without sedation. The pain reduction in the first 24-48 hours is an important indicator in the future success of treatments, and if you have had a non-radiofrequency treatment, you will be asked to make a note of this by email.

As far as activity is concerned, you should carry on with your usual level of activity in the first few weeks after the treatment, and you will be reviewed in the clinic in four to six weeks.