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Cervical Facet Block
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A cervical facet block is a procedure to inject medicine at the facet joints in your cervical (neck) spine. Facet joints are found at the back of each vertebrae (bones).
- Medicines , such as pain medicine and antibiotics, may be given. Prescription pain medicine decreases pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine. Antibiotics fight or prevent an infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
- You have a headache that does not go away, even after you take medicine.
- You have nausea or vomiting.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Parts of your body are numb, tingly, cool to the touch, or look blue or pale.
- You have pain in your neck, shoulder, or arm that does not go away or gets worse.
- You suddenly have trouble breathing or chest pain.
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