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Your facet joints are bony growths on each side of your vertebra (bones of the spine). These joints connect all your vertebra.

When your facet joints can become inflamed from arthritis or after an injury, the University of Miami Health System interventional radiologists can perform facet joint injections to reduce swelling and relieve your back pain.

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Expert care from highly trained interventional radiologists. Our interventional radiologists and radiology specialists are experts in a variety of minimally invasive procedures — everything from treatments to clear blocked blood vessels to advanced cancer therapies like NanoKnife®.

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Who is a Candidate?


Your doctor may suggest facet joint injections if you have back pain caused by inflamed facet joints.


What to Expect


Your interventional radiologist may advise you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or other blood-thinning medicines before your procedure. You may also need to avoid drinking any fluids for a few hours before your facet joint injection. 

For this 30-minute procedure, you lie face down on a table. You won’t need sedation, but your interventional radiologist applies a local anesthetic to numb the area of the facet joint injection so you won’t feel pain.

Once the area is numb, your doctor uses X-rays or computed tomography (CT) to determine where to make the injection. They guide the needle into place and inject medicine that helps reduce swelling and relieve pain.

Your doctor removes the needle and puts a bandage on the injection site. You may need to remain there for a few hours of observation before going home. You can resume normal activities the next day.

You may begin to experience back pain relief immediately, which can last weeks or months after the injection — every person is different. If pain returns, you can have up to three facet joint injections each year.

Accepted Insurances

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