A pain in your back isn’t necessarily cause for alarm. Most back pain resolves with rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and exercise. Back pain that doesn’t diminish or go away after six weeks despite your best efforts may indicate a medical condition like facet joint impingement. When your facet joints squeeze the nerves exiting your spine in the lumbar, thoracic and cervical areas of your back, you need to be treated to ease that pain. The back pain specialists at NYC pain management are ready to get you out of pain. Call today.

Chronic back pain doesn’t just go away on its own. There’s usually a medical reason why you’re feeling that pain. Instead of loading up on over-the-counter pain medication, book an appointment with the Manhattan pain management doctors at NYC pain clinic. One of the most advanced pain management centers in the country, they accurately diagnose the source of your pain and effectively address the issue.

Spine Facet Injection in NYC
Spine Facet Injection in NYC

Your pain may stem from a facet joint pinching a nerve as it exits your spinal column. Facet joints line the back of your spine, where two adjacent vertebrae meet. These joints maintain your back’s stability and allow you to bend and twist. They have a bony exterior, covered in cartilage to keep the bones from rubbing painfully together.

Facet joints are enveloped in a sac of synovial spinal fluid, which further lubricates them. But ruptures, fractures and other injuries can occur. Additionally, facet pain can be caused by other conditions, such as:

Diagnostic Spinal Facet Injections

You can find non-invasive treatments at Pain Management NYC. The top spine injections specialist in Midtown can determine if a facet joint is the source of your pain through an examination, medical history and some diagnostic tests. Depending on where your pain originates, you may receive a:

Also called a nerve block, a diagnostic spinal facet injection has an anesthetic component that wears off over 24 to 48 hours. If your pain is reduced or relieved after you receive the nerve block injection, it’s usually an indication that the facet joint is the source of your pain.

Therapeutic Spinal Facet Injections

The doctors at Pain Management NYC are committed to delivering the latest treatments for facet joint pain. If a facet joint is the source of your pain, your pain doctor may opt to give you a minimally invasive injection of corticosteroid medication with a numbing agent to provide longer relief. Cervical facet joint injections, thoracic facet injections and lumbar facet injections have been successful for more than 10,000 patients.

A therapeutic, pain-killing spinal facet injection has both anesthetic and medicinal components. After an injection in your doctor’s office, you may feel some discomfort when the anesthetic wears off, but the steroid hasn’t begun to take effect. The steroid medicine requires 48 hours to two weeks to begin relieving your spinal facet pain. You can take pain relievers orally in the meantime.

Post-Injection Recovery

If the spine or cervical facet joints in question were the true source of pain, you feel immediate relief with a cervical, thoracic or lumbar facet joint injection. After 20 or 30 minutes for observation, you’re released to continue your day. A top pain management physician gives you some exercises to recover your full range of motion over the next several weeks.

Otherwise, you can resume your daily routine, taking oral painkillers as needed until the steroid medicine starts working. Side effects are rare when you choose an expert pain doctor at Pain Management NYC. That’s because the doctors at the best pain clinic in Manhattan make your comfort and care their top priority.

The Pain Management NYC Difference

When you’re in pain, you want relief fast. But you have to choose a pain control clinic that you trust, one that knows to do a thorough exam first. The first step of any treatment is always an accurate diagnosis.

At the same time, cervical facet injections, thoracic facet injections and lumbar facet injections are only as good as the practiced hands that administer them. The doctors at Pain Management NYC are all board certified and recognized as Castle Connolly top doctors. They use only FDA-approved pharmaceutical products that have proven to deliver the best results consistently.

Emergency appointments are available. When you need to get out of chronic back pain, even if you don’t know that you have facet joint pain, make an appointment with Pain Management NYC. When it comes to pain, we have your back.

Page Modified on Jan 4, 2022 by Dr. Leon Reyfman, MD (Pain Management Doctor)
Leon Reyfman, MD | Interventional Pain Management Doctor in New York City

Leon Reyfman, MD, is a top-rated, best-in-class interventional pain management doctor. He is a nationally recognized pain relief specialist and is among the top pain care doctors in New York City and the country. He is an award-winning expert and contributor to prominent media outlets.

Dr. Leon Reyfman has been recognized for his thoughtful, thorough, modern approach to treating chronic pain. He has been named a "top pain management doctor in New York" and one of "America's Top Doctors™" for advanced sports injury treatments. Among other accolades, he was voted by peers as a "Castle Connolly Top Doctors™" and "New York Super Doctors™". Dr. Leon Reyfman was a part of the medical team at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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