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Cervical Facet Joint question/ What makes facet joints very "tight"

AmandalaAAmandala Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I hope everyone is doing well! I had bilateral cervical facet injections today, C2, C3, C4, and C7. My doc stated the joints were so tight, he could barely do the procedure and it took him much longer than usual. I'm just wondering exactly what this means and what causes the joints to be tight. Thanks in advance for any info!! Have a great day:)!



  • Hi Amanda,

    Welcome to the forums :) I'm hoping you get some answers to your question as I am interested as well!

    many years ago they tried doing shots in my thoracic spots and also told me there was so little space available they couldn't get the needle in- so, I didn't get any of them. I asked and he said, you don't have enough space in between to get the needle in (and he was mad, lol!) It was bad and the contortions of them trying to "open" it up were pretty bad.

    I figured he meant it was arthritis related and never tried again.

  • I am not medically trained, but I also felt that this meant that the joints were too close together so that they couldn't get the needle in.

    Before my lumbar fusion with stenosis, I was told that there wasn't room to get a needle in to try to help my symptoms that way, because it had been left for too long. I don't think that was the facet joints, but the cord and the nerve roots were too 'tight'.

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