Facet Joint Injection
Why get a Facet Joint Injection?
Pain which is mostly in the back or neck with a less specific vague aching in the legs or arms may be coming from one or more of the little guiding joints in the lumbar or cervical area of the spine. These joints are called FACET JOINTS. Just as a joint in your finger, shoulder, or elbow can give you discomfort, so can facet joints in your back or neck. This is “mechanical low back pain” or “mechanical neck pain” and has certain characteristics, which can be identified from your history and physical. In addition, the X-rays, MRI or CT scan might suggest some “wear and tear” or arthritis in these joints.
Make arrangements to have a responsible adult accompany and drive you home.
This is for your safety and the safety of others.
Before the Injection:
- If you are on blood thinners, please let Dr. Lutz and/or his staff that you are taking anticoagulants. Patients on Coumadin / Warfarin require a protime/INR blood test the day before the procedure. Bring these results with you to your appointment.
- In the event that your usual pain is not present the day of the procedure, please call Dr. Lutz’s office to reschedule the injection for another day.
- Arrange for a driver as you will be restricted from driving for 4 hours following the procedure both for your own safety and the safety of others.
- Please do not eat or drink anything two (2) hours before the procedure.
- Do not take any pain relievers 6 hours prior to the procedure. Since the purpose of performing the block is to identify and evaluate the structures that influence your pain, taking your pain medication may mask the symptoms usually present.
What to Expect:
- Make arrangements to have a someone accompany and drive you home. No driving for 4 hours post procedure. This is for your safety and the safety of others.
- Resume your normal diet.
- Resume your normal medications.
- Complete your pain analog sheet and fax to Dr. Lutz’s office (651) 313-8251.