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A facet joint injection is an injection of medicine to help with pain from arthritis. The injection goes into your neck or back. Where you get your injection depends on where your pain is.
Facet joints connect your vertebrae to each other along the back of your spine. Problems in these joints can cause long-term (chronic) pain in the neck or back.
Numbing medicine, sometimes called freezing, may be used to numb the skin and tissue around the procedure site. If this helps your pain, your doctor may add a steroid medicine to the injection. Steroids reduce swelling and pain, but they don't always work.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
Adaptation Date: 4/5/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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