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Lumbar Facet Block
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A lumbar facet block is a procedure used to decrease inflammation in your spine. Medicines are injected at facet joints in your lower back. Facet joints are found at the back of each vertebrae.
- Medicines can help decrease pain or prevent an infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.
Go to physical therapy as directed:
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 or chills.
- Your procedure site is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.
- You have a severe headache.
- Your feet are numb, tingly, cool, or pale.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.