Schedule an initial consultation at one of these locations:

Utah Vascular Clinic

801.281.0027

650 East 4500 South, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Ogden Regional Medical Center

801.479.2450

5475 South 500 East
Washington Terrace, UT 84405

Services

Pain Management

Facet Injection

What are facet joints?

It is common knowledge that back pain is frequently caused by herniated disks and pinched nerves, but pain can also arise from the facet joints. Facets are joints that contain synovial fluid and are surrounded by a capsule, just like knee or shoulder joints. The facets run along the back of the spine and help to keep the vertebral column properly aligned. Just like any joints, the facets can cause pain due to inflammation and degenerative arthritis.

What is a facet injection?

A facet injection is a minimally invasive procedure that can temporarily relieve neck or back pain caused by inflamed or degenerated facet joints. Under x-ray guidance, a needle is placed into one or more facet joints suspected of causing pain. A small amount of medication is injected and the needle is taken out. It is a quick outpatient procedure that rarely requires sedation.

How does a facet injection work?

Because the injection contains an anesthetic – or "numbing medication" – the procedure provides diagnostic information by determining whether the pain is actually coming from the facet joint. A steroid, similar to "Cortisone", is usually injected along with the anesthetic, which may also give pain relief for days or even years. The goal is to reduce pain and immobility so that you may resume normal activities and a physical therapy program.

Successful facet injections may indicate that you could benefit from a facet rhizotomy – a procedure that uses an electrical current to destroy the nerve fibers carrying pain signals to the brain.


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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of your body, usually in your legs, but sometimes in your arm.

  • Swelling, usually in one leg
    (or arm)
  • Leg pain or tenderness often described as a cramp or
    Charley horse
  • Reddish or bluish skin discoloration
  • Leg (or arm) warm to touch

Pulmonary Embolism

Clots can break off from a DVT and travel to the lung, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal.

  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Chest pain-sharp, stabbing; may get worse with deep breath
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Unexplained cough, sometimes with bloody mucus