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Facet Joint Injections

edited 11/03/2015 - 7:55 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical

I have chronic neck pain that isn't responding to PT, anti-inflamatories, oral steroids, muscle relaxers, or trigger point injections. It has been getting increasingly worse over the past year. I've already had 2 surgeries ACDF C5/C6 and then a correction to that surgery because I didn't fuse. I have bilateral facet arthrosis from C2/C3 and C3/C4, bilateral uncinate hypertrophy, which contribute to mild central stenosis and mild foraminal narrowing at C4/C5 combined with a bulging disc, and then at C6/C7, I have an osteophyte complex. I have recently been referred to PM for possible facet joint injections by both my PCP and surgeon, I have my consult with my new PM doc on Friday so I'm not sure what he will recommend. Either way, I am constant pain that I feel deep within my neck and along the sides of my neck and shoulders (major spasming and a feeling of fire), in particular to the left side. Has anyone had similar experiences/symptoms? If so, what have you done to get some relief? Also, has anyone had facet injections and had relief?

~Hope and healing to all :)


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    You may want to use the search on this site, icon far right on top of page.

    You may want to check out about the injections, or other, in preparation for you PM appointment.
    It may lead you to more questions for doctor. I usually go into appointment with a little list to ask doctor.

    My primary doctor tried working with my pain about two years before referral to PM.
    That was best thing for me!
    Hopefully you will receive relief! And a new set of eyes on the situation always seems like good idea to me!

    Please keep us posted!
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  • I've had 2 rounds of these injections- they work well but only last 3 months
    larry rosenman
  • I'm ao glad to hear that you've had some relief from them! Please excuse my naiveté, do you go every three months then for another round, or is there something else that can be done that is more long term? Thanks again for your response!
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