Facet Joint Injections Ideal for Elderly Patients
Damage to the facet joints -- the bone structures behind and between your vertebrae -- is one of the leading causes of pain in the elderly population. Not only does facet joint damage cause pain, it can also severely limit mobility, stability and daily function. Facet joint injections help relieve that pain and return patients to a more active lifestyle, with increased mobility and the ability to participate in physical therapy. The procedure is also useful in diagnosing specific pain centers.
Using fluoroscopy (X-ray imaging), a needle is inserted to the specific facet joint location(s) and medication -- typically an anesthetic or steroid -- is injected. This is an outpatient procedure using local anesthetics and typically takes approximately one hour to complete. Most patients can return to their normal activities the following day.