Facet disease, which can also be referred to as facet arthritis, is rarely the only cause of a patient’s lower back pain. People suffering from facet disease will most often have other conditions such as DDD (degenerative disc disease), spinal stenosis and arthritis in other parts of their spine contributing to the symptoms. Most people suffering from lumbar spinal arthritis will show signs of facet disease or joint degeneration on their CT or MRI.
Since there are a lot of causes of back and neck pain, it is important that when evaluating and treating a patient that the correct diagnosis is made. If your pain is caused from the facet joint, then the pain should resolve immediately. If you still have pain after the injection, then your pain may be caused by something else such as spinal stenosis or a herniated/bulging disc, which may require a different procedure to correct.
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