Facet joints are tiny joints found at each segment of the spine—located between each set of vertebrae in the spine from the neck to the tailbone. They help to guide motion and provide stability. These joints can become painful due to arthritis of the spine, a back injury or mechanical stress to the back.
Facet joint injection is a simple, safe and effective minimally invasive treatment for spinal pain. Facet injections are injections of medications into the actual facet joints. They are used to reduce or eliminate the inflammation and swelling in the facet joints or the surrounding areas. The injection consists of a mixture of local anesthetic and a steroid medication. The procedure takes only about 10 to 20 minutes.