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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 lower spine. Medicines are injected at facet joints in your lower back. Facet joints are found at the back of each vertebrae.

Vertebral Column

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.

Call your doctor if:

  • You have a severe headache.
  • Your feet are numb, tingly, cool, or pale.
  • 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.

Self-care:

  • Do not take pain medicines until directed. Your healthcare provider will tell you when to start using your usual pain medicines again. This will help him or her see if the facet block worked.
  • Return to your daily activities as directed. Your provider may tell you to rest or do light activities the day of your procedure. You may be able to return to normal activities the next day.
  • Keep a pain record, if directed. You may be asked to keep a pain record for a few days. This will help your provider see if the facet block worked. Include when you have pain, and how severe it is. Include anything that relieves the pain or makes it worse, such as certain movements. Bring the record with you to all follow-up visits.
  • Go to physical therapy as directed. A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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