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Facet Joint Injection

The treatment is done in a hospital or surgery center. You’ll be asked to fill out some forms, including a consent form. You may also be examined.

A fluoroscope may be used to help the doctor see your spine during the procedure.

During the Procedure

You will lie on an exam table on your stomach, back, or side. This depends on where you will be injected.

During your treatment:

  • The skin over the injection site is cleaned. A local anesthetic (pain medication) numbs the skin.

  • Fluoroscopy (x-ray imaging) may be used to help your healthcare provider see your spine. If so, a contrast “dye” may be injected into the affected area.

  • The injection is given. It may contain including a local anesthetic to numb the region around the joint or steroids (medications that reduce inflammation).


After the Procedure

The anesthetic wears off in a few hours. When it does, your back or neck may feel more sore than usual. This is normal. Take it easy for the rest of the day. The steroids most often begin to work in about 3–4 days.


The pain management nurse will call you in one week to follow-up on your progress.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

  • OMC's Pain Management Clinic:  507.529.6733

  • OMC's Urgent Care/ Emergency Room:  5057.529.6650

Risks and Complications

Risks and complications are rare, but can include:

  • Infection

  • Bleeding

  • Prolonged increase in pain

  • Nerve damage (very rare)

When to Call Your Healthcare Provider

Call your healthcare provider if you have any of the following:

  • Severe headaches

  • Fever over 101.0°F, chills, redness or drainage at the injection site

  • Increased weakness in your arms or legs

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