What is Facet joint injections?

Category: Procedures


Facet joints are small joints at each segment of the spine that provide stability and help guide motion that become painful due to arthritis of the spine, injury or stress. Injections with a steroid medication are intended to anesthetize the facet joints and block the pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Back pain 27 16
Neck pain 8 1
Pain 6 1
Pain in lower back 2 0
Pain in shoulder(s) 2 0
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction 2 0

Show all 24 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 5
Mild 1
None 14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Facet joint injections

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 1
Hot flashes 1
Injection site pain 1
Muscle soreness 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 19
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 10
Not specified 10
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1 patient evaluation for Facet joint injections

Feb 16, 2010 (Started Feb 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for SI Joints)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (swelling in legs, feet and ankles)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: I had absolutely NO relief whatsoever from those damn shots! Sorry to be blunt, but there's no other way to be when it comes to that. I had the shots and then later that night I swelled up like the GoodYear Blimp. The tops of my feet were huge, my ankles were huge, I couldn't even more my feet. My blood sugar spiked up to 190. If it's even possible, my pain levels even increased! My advice? Don't get the shots. But then everyone is different anyway.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: swelling in legs, feet and ankles

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