If you suffer from chronic back pain you are likely looking for a treatment that will be effective. For many people, choosing facet joint blocks in New York is an excellent option. This procedure is minimally invasive and has been shown to be extremely effective at treating many types of pain. Our doctors have performed this type of procedure for many patients over the years with excellent results.
While this procedure can sound a little scary when you read about it below, it is actually very safe and has virtually no significant side effects. When done by an experienced doctor like those that work in our pain clinics you can be confident that you’ll be getting a safe treatment that can help you find relief from your chronic pain.
How does a Facet Joint Block Work
The facet joints connect one vertebra to another and allow your spine to move and rotate. The facet joint is lined with a membrane called the synovium, which helps to lubricate the joint. In addition, each joint has two nerves within it. These nerves are responsible for the pain signals that cause chronic back pain in many people. If these nerves are compressed, damaged, pinched or otherwise having issues, it can result in very strong pain that is hard to manage.
While ideally a procedure will restore the nerves to the proper position and health, that is not always possible. The next best option is to have doctors damage the nerve to the point where it can no longer transmit those pain signals that cause the chronic pain. To do this doctors will use injections of medication directly on and around the nerves in the facet joint. Facet joint blocks in NYC effectively stop the pain transmissions so you can live your live more normally.
Injections for Facet Joint Blocks
The injections are done with a long needle that is inserted into the facet joint. To make sure the doctor positions the needle in the perfect place they will use a fluoroscope, which allows them to see where the needle is located. When in position the doctor will inject the medication. In most cases the first injection will be an anesthetic to make sure that they are targeting the right nerves. If this provides relief, the doctors can use heat, chemicals or other things to make it so the nerve stops transmitting.
Another option is to use anti-inflammatory medication to help relieve the pressure on the nerves. This can be a good way to find relief from the pain without actually damaging the nerve at all. Which approach is right for you will be determined by your doctors.
If you would like to learn more about facet joint blocks in NYC, please get in touch with us. We can answer questions over the phone or make an appointment with one of our doctors to have a consultation. We’ll work with you to see if this is a good option for your chronic pain issues.