This 3D video shows how a Cervical Facet Joint Block is performed for Neck Pain Relief. Cervical Facet Joint block is done to relieve chronic pain in the neck which radiates into the shoulder as well as hands. Facet joint pain could be due to hypertrophy or arthritis of facet joint hypertrophy, or it could be a result of whiplash injury.
This video provides you information about Cervical Facet Joint Block To Relieve Neck Pain
What is Cervical Facet Joint Block?
A cervical facet joint block or injection is a procedure, in which physician gives small amount injection of local anesthetic and/or medication for facet joint numbness and provide pain relief. Fluoroscopy or CT guidance is used for the placement of the needle into the cervical facet joint.
Facet joints are located in pairs on the side of each vertebra in the neck, allow for movement and provide support and stability to the spine. An injury or disease conditions such as arthritis may cause pain and inflammation within the cervical facet joints.
Are Cervical Facet Joint Block Painful?
The cervical facet joint block involves injecting a small amount of local anesthetic and/or steroid medication, which can numbs the cervical facet joints and blocks the pain.
How Long Does Cervical Facet Joint Block Last?
Cervical facet joint block long-term effect of the injection cannot be predicted. Generally, the instant effect is from the local anesthetic injected and that wears off in a few hours. The steroid starts working in about two to seven days before the patients experience the long lasting effects.
What Are Common Benefits of Cervical Facet Joint Block Procedure?
A cervical facet joint block is performed for
•Reduction of inflammation
•Long-term pain relief
•Physical therapy or other rehabilitative exercises tolerance.
•Detecting the cause of neck pain.
How Is The Procedure Cervical Facet Joint Block Performed?
Cervical Facet Joint Block Procedure: It is an injection next to a nerve of a facet joint between two vertebral bodies of the spine which is likely to cause the patient’s neck pain.
The procedure is generally performed without sedation. However, if it is needed, a nurse will insert an IV line into a vein in your arm so that sedative medication can be given intravenously.
The patient may be connected to monitors to track your vital signs likes BP, heart rate, and pulse during the procedure.
Under the guidance of fluoroscopy or CT, your doctor will insert the needle through the skin and into the facet joint to be treated. A tiny amount of contrast dye may be injected in order to confirm the appropriate position of the needle. Once correct needle insertion is confirmed, a small mixture of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication (steroid/cortisone) is gradually injected into the joint. Some medical experts may believe it is sufficient to inject near the joint, rather than into it. Then, the needle is removed. The patient will be sent to the recovery room for post-procedure observation for any complications and discharged as per the procedure protocol.
This entire procedure usually takes 30 minutes.
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