The facet joint is located in spine between vertebrae and helps stabilize the spine to prevent excessive, irregular motion. Damage or inflammation of the facet joint can occur from normal wear and tear, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis or other spinal injuries.
When the facet joint becomes inflamed, stiff or swollen, the surrounding cartilage can be worn away causing the vertebral bones to rub together. When bone to bone friction occurs, bone overgrowth or bone spurs may appear around the edges of the joint. Your doctor at South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will begin using conservative methods such as rest, anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy to alleviate joint pain. If these treatment techniques are unsuccessful, face injection will be proposed.
A majority of patients report significant improvements in pain following face injection.