Facet Joint Injection is provided to confirm that the facet joints cause the pain and to relief the back or neck pain and inflammation. Each vertebra in the spine is connected by two facet joints. A local anesthetic numbs the skin and tissue down to facet joint.

Physician uses fluoroscope and contrast solution to confirm the correct placement of needle tip. A mixture of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory steroid medication is injected to the joint. Sometimes two or more injections might be needed. If patient feels pain relief just after injection, this confirms that the facet joint was the source of pain.

However pain may return after local anesthetic effect ends. Usually it takes about a week to reduce inflammation and pain. Pain relief can last up to several months.


Common side effects could be compared with common injection side effects, i.e. allergic reaction, bacterial infection, bleeding in seldom cases. Steroids side effects are face, eyes, arms, legs swelling, sugar level increasing for diabetic patients.

The patient must inform the physician about pregnancy or if he/she takes blood thinning medication.

You can take Facet Joint Injection at our clinic in following locations in NY(NYC): Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Morganville, NJ.