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Understanding Diagnostic Injections: Facet and Medial Blocks

Joint inflammation between spinal bones can cause back pain. Facet and medial blocks involve injecting steroid medication into one or more joint structures to determine if a specific joint generates pain.

  • A facet joint block is an injection of local anesthetic and steroid medication into the joint.

  • A medial block uses similar medication injected outside the joint space near the nerve that feeds a specific joint.

  • Both injection procedures are performed using fluoroscopy.

If pain is relieved, it could mean that the facet joint or medial nerve generates pain.

Facet Joint Block

Medial Branch Block

We are re-developing the Colorado Spine Institute website.To learn more about Facet Joint Injections and Medial Blocks at visit the Englewood Surgery Center website.

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