Corda Pain Institute is a dedicated New Jersey center offering safe and effective facet injections for back pain. We provide services from several locations throughout the state.
Back pain is extremely common and often self-limiting. If unchecked, it can become persistent and eventually disabling. Frequently, the cause of the back pain can be traced to a joint in your backbone or spine called the facet joint. The facet joint is an overlapping joint between the vertebrae in your back, and often accounts for back complaints.
Pain arising from the facet joints is usually located in the lower back and rarely extends below the knee. The pain can be aggravated by bending backward at the waist. In the neck, facet joint pain can result in headaches, neck and/or shoulder pain. Unfortunately, x-rays or MRIs may not be helpful in diagnosis.
How Do Facet Injections Differ From Epidural Steroid Injections?
The facet joints are the overlapping joints located between the vertebrae. They act to stabilize the spine and limit the amount of motion in the spine. These joints are quite a distance from where epidural steroids are injected. Injections placed directly into the facet joint provide a more precise method to treat pain arising from the facet joints.
Does It Hurt?
We use a local anesthetic to numb the skin before the needle is inserted. With the help of the sedation and numbing medications, you’ll be very comfortable during the procedure. After the procedure, you will not be allowed to drive because of the effects of the anesthesia medications. You may elect to have this procedure done without sedation.
Please consult your physician regarding any other questions or concerns.
If These Injections Help, What’s Next?
Once the diagnosis is confirmed, you’ll be placed on a regular exercise program to regain pain-free function. Additional procedures may be recommended depending on your response to the treatment program.
Reach out to us today to find one of our locations near you, and schedule your consultation and speak with us about a facet injection for your back pain.