What are Cervical Facet Joints?
Cervical (of the neck) facet joints are small joints, about the size of the thumbnail located in pairs on the back of the neck.
The main aim of these joints is to provide stability and guide motion in the neck. When these joints become painful, they may lead to pain in the head, neck, shoulders, down between the shoulder blades or in the arms.
Why is the Cervical Facet Joint Block given?
A cervical facet joint block is administered to serve one or more of the below listed purposes:
The amount of immediate pain relief experienced by placing the numbing medicine will help in denying or confirming the joint as the source of pain.
The temporary relief provided by the numbing medicine may facilitate the work of a chiropractor or a physical therapist who is supposed to treat the joint.
The time-release cortisone (steroid) will help in reducing any inflammation that might exist within the joint.
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