Interventional Pain Management

Tests and Procedures


Facet Joint Injections

In cases where the zygapophysial (facet) joints have become inflamed, injections of a steroid medication (celestone) can be used to relieve pain in these joints.

What are Facet Joints?

Facet joints are a set of plane joints between two adjacent vertebrae. These joints help facilitate spinal movement, by limiting an excessive range of motion and over-extension of the spine.

Can Facet Joint Injections Help Me?

Facet joint injections are often an effective method to relieve pain and discomfort, however their effectiveness can be difficult to predict. During the procedure, a medical professional will insert a small needle into each facet joint, inserting the steroid.

After the procedure, it is recommended that you stay relaxed and avoid physical exertion for a few days. The steroid should start to take effect around day 2, although the duration it lasts is unpredictable.

If the effects wear off, you can consult with a medical professional at DSP Health System about whether a safe amount of time has passed where you can have a new set of injections.

Why Might a Facet Joint Injection Not Work for You

As with any steroid injection, if you are on anticoagulants (or other select medications), are suffering from an infection, or have a joints that are too damaged, steroid injections may not be right for you.

Additionally, rarely these type of injections can carry negative side effects, ranging from infection to bleeding to nerve damage.

Facet joint injections should only be taken under the supervision of a medical professional. Contact DSP Health System to find out if they might be an effective treatment option for you.