Facet joints form where each pair of spine bones (vertebrae) meet. These joints help your spine move, twist, and stay flexible. The facet joints are tiny joints near the back of the spine that connect each vertebrae. They also allow nerves to pass from your spinal canal to every other part of your body.
- Faster relief
- Shorter procedure
- No scarring
- Less painful
- Minimal side effects
- Little to no downtime
The types of joint injections available can vary based on the joint affected, any underlying conditions and your level of pain. There are 6 primary types of joint injections commonly given as pain management.
Viscosupplementation injections are most commonly used to target knee osteoarthritis areas but can also be effective for other joints. Using these joint injections is a step in pain management for pain management when more conservative routes have failed. The procedure can be done in the office with an ultrasound to help with chronic knee pain. Viscosupplementation joint injections can be used as a way to avoid surgery in knees with reduced natural joint lubrication and pain. It injects special gel-like natural protein materials into the knee joint. The gel material serves as a cushion inside of the knee to reduce friction and loosen up stiff and inflamed areas.