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Facet joints are small joints in the back of the spine that form connections between each vertebra. These joints play a crucial role in the structure, stability, and movement of the spine.

If these joints are blocked or numbed, they will not be able to transfer the painful sensation to the brain. Therefore, this procedure is completed to see if your back pain is caused by the facet joints.




Treatment cost

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Treatment Summary at a glance

Procedure Time

15 mins

Recommended No. of Treatments

One – Three



Side Effects:

Minor pain at injection site


Pain free joints

Duration of results:

Between a few months and a lifetime

Back to Work:

Within two days

Full Recovery:

Within two weeks

How does it work?

The patient lies on the stomach. The skin of the back is cleansed with antiseptic solution and a local anaesthetic in injected to numb the area. A small needle is then guided using an X-ray to the targeted facet joints which are then numbed. An anaesthetic and steroid is then injected into the joint.

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At consultation, your Consultant will be able to tell you if you are suitable.

The procedure is relatively pain free. There may be some discomfort with needle insertion which we minimise by numbing the skin over the joint with a local anaesthetic. If you’re in any pain post-procedure, you will be discharged with pain relief.

All procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic so within one and three hours of your procedure, patients are typically discharged. All patients should have a chaperone (friend, family member or carer) to collect them after their procedure and remain with them on their journey home.
You are likely to feel mild pain in the joint for two to three days, however the pain can be managed with regular strength painkillers.
Post procedure, you should refrain from strenuous activity for at least two weeks.

You will be given a follow-up appointment to discuss how effective the treatment was. If it was not successful other treatment options will be discussed.

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