Hi This is my first post here. I am writing this for my girlfriend who has facet joint hypertrophy in lower lumbar region. She has had 3 rounds of injections. she seems to get about a full week of good relief then the pain will slowly start to return. Her question is should she be pain free for at least 5 weeks following these injections? She goes back to work on the 5th day following the shots. She does get immediate relief and says she feels no pain immediatly after the shots. Would this qualify her for a rhizotomy? She is hoping the doc will say yes. but she is not sure what type of relief he wants to see before going the next step. Unfortunately she does have to stand to do her job everyday which we all know doesn't do any favors either. Also hates where she works, so stress doesn't heal things either. Any input would be greatly appreciated. thanks so much for taking the time to read this. It is so hard to watch someone you care so much about go through this. thanks!!