Lumbar Facet Injections

The facet joints are small joints on the back side of the spine. If the joints become painful due to arthritis, injury or mechanical stress, they can cause pain in various areas. The lumbar facet joints can cause pain in your lower back, hips, buttocks, or legs.

A facet joint injection serves several purposes. First, by placing numbing medicine into the joint, the amount of immediate pain relief you experience will help confirm or eliminate the joint as a source of your pain. That is, if you obtain complete relief of your main pain while the facet joints are numb, then these joints are likely your pain source. Furthermore, time-release cortisone will be injected into these joints to reduce any presumed inflammation, which can, on many occasions, provide long-term pain relief.

Occasionally a bone scan / SPECT is needed to identify the pain generating joint.

InHealth Imaging offers lumbar facet injections at our main campus in Poulsbo. Because we are able to offer these procedures at our facility, the patient realizes considerable cost savings compared to having the procedure done in a hospital or outpatient surgical center. There is only one fee and no separate consultation, facility or anesthesia charge.