CT Guided Facet Joint Injection
The facet joints are located between the vertebral bones of the spine and are often associated with back pain. Endovascular WA uses facet joint injections to help manage the pain associated with severe back pain. Facet joints can be injected under x-ray or CT guidance with a combination of anaesthetic and anti-inflammatory steroid (e.g cortisone) to provide relief from pain. The pain relief can last from weeks to months, however, in some instances no pain relief benefits are perceived.
- Patients will be seen for a consultation prior to their initial injection.
- Patients may be asked to fast before their appointment. Your doctor will advise you at time of booking.
- Patients are to advise us if they are taking any medications that thin the blood. For example Warfarin or aspirin
- Patients are required to bring all previous imaging at the time of consultation and injection procedures.
You will be placed on the CT table lying down normally on your stomach or back. The area to be injected will be administered with local anaesthetic. Using x-ray or CT scanning guidance our radiologist will insert the needle into the facet joint. A combination of local anaesthetic and steroid solution will be injected here and will probably be a little uncomfortable for a short time during the injection.
patient after care
It may take a few days for the benefits of the injection to take effect. There may be slight soreness or bruising at the injection site. Patients may experience temporary numbness around the injected area.
Other side effects or permanent neurological damage are extremely rare.
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If you have any further questions regarding Facet Joint Injections, please do not hesitate to contact our Claremont rooms on (08) 9284 2900.
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