Facet Joint Injections Specialist

Able Orthopedic and Sports Medicine -  - Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Able Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine located in Queens, Forest Hills, NY

A facet injection is a simple in-office treatment that provides serious benefits for pain relief. If you want to find out how a facet joint injection can lessen your chronic pain, schedule an evaluation with the team of board-certified orthopedists at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Forest Hills, New York. Click on the online scheduling tool to book an appointment or call to speak with a team member directly.

Facet Joint Injections Q & A

What are facet injections?

Facet injections are in-office treatments designed to relieve agonizing pain and discomfort. This simple yet effective treatment involves injecting a local anesthetic, or numbing solution, into one or more of the joints (known as facet joints) in vertebrae along your spine. 

Because the injected medication quickly numbs your joints and connective tissues, pain seamlessly melts away. Results from facet injections are entirely long-lasting, so you can get back to doing many of the things you enjoy with few or even no limitations. 

How can facet injections help me? 

Your dedicated orthopedist from Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is likely going to recommend facet injections if you have agonizing pain that’s starting to lower your quality of life, affect your work, or prevent you from participating in enjoyable activities. Personalized facet injection treatment plans can:

  • Decrease chronic back pain, particularly lower back pain
  • Help with failed back surgery syndrome
  • Serve as an alternative to back surgery

Facet injections from Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine are also commonly used to treat degenerative issues and pain associated with arthritis. 

What happens during a facet injection procedure?

Facet injections are performed right in the office at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, so you won’t have to go anywhere else to get the pain-relieving treatment you need. After positioning you on the exam table, your orthopedist cleans your injection site and administers a local anesthetic to thoroughly numb the area for maximum comfort.

Your orthopedist uses X-ray guidance, known as fluoroscopy, to inject the targeted area with a contrast dye. This way, your doctor can ensure that the needle is in the precise location needed. 

The next step involves injecting the facet medication solution, which may include lidocaine for numbing, as well as anti-inflammatory medications, such as steroids and cortisone. Facet joint injection treatments take just a few minutes. 

After your facet injection procedure is complete, you need to take it easy for the rest of the day. Plan on having someone stay with you and drive you home. Usually, you can return to all of your normal activities the day after your facet injection procedure from Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine.

Book your facet injection evaluation at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine today. You can conveniently schedule a visit either online or over the phone.