You will not be able to drive for 12 hours after the injection. It's common to experience mild pain at the injection site for 24 to 48 hours. As mentioned, you should not drive on the day of the injection into the facet joint. If your doctor used sedation, do not drive for at least 24 hours after the injection.
It's important to keep moving after the injection. This will help increase blood flow and reduce stiffness. Walking is a great way to start. You should also avoid lifting heavy objects for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
If you experience any pain, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers. It's important to follow up with your doctor as scheduled. You're more likely to notice faster relief if the joints where the injection was given were the main source of pain. Injecting into the facet joint reduces pain in the small joints at the back of the spine, between the vertebrae.
A facet joint injection is a procedure in which analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications are injected into facet joints to reduce pain. If the medication is injected directly into the joint, the procedure is called facet intra-articular injection or simply injection into the facet joint. Facet joints are a pair of small joints located at the back of the spine, between each of the vertebrae. If the injection into the facet joint is successful, you should expect to experience pain relief for several months.
It involves injecting medications close to the branches of the medial nerves, which supply sensory information to facet joints. It's important to know what to expect after receiving facet joint injections so you can be prepared for the recovery process. If the injection does not relieve pain, it may be because the injection did not reach the source of the pain or because the pain is not caused by facet joints. If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain, you may be a good candidate for facet joint injections.