How long does the effect last?
The effect might last a few hours to a few weeks or much longer. Pain relief in the first couple of hours after the injection is the most important as this tells lets the doctor know the diagnosis of facet joint mediated pain is correct. If the symptoms do return, there are other options available for extended pain relive, such as radiofrequency.
What is the next step after the injection?
Patients will be proved with a a pain log to complete after the procedure. This will help to measure the individual response to the injection and to determine the next appropriate plan of care.
What are the risks and side effects?
Serious side effects and complications are rare. The most common problem after the injection is having pain near the injection site for a few days. The other complications are infection, bleeding and nerve injury. These complication are minimized by stopping blood thinners, using sterile technique, and fluoroscopy for X-ray needle guidance.