Case report of a patient with facet joint pain treated regularly with X-ray guided facet joint injections
I reviewed a 47 year old gentleman who has been a patient in the Pain Clinic for some years. Essentially, he has lower back pain eminating from his bilateral L3/4, L4/5 and L5/S1 facet joints.
This had been diagnosed over 5 years ago and was related to his work as a brick-layer. he had X-ray guided facet joint injections performed which he found to be particularly helpful. It also allowed him to stop taking his analgesic medication.
Repeated X-ray guided facet joint injections
Because of the success of the blocks, he booked himself in to have the procedure performed every 4-5 months. Over time, his background pain has also slowly improved and there has been a gradual reduction in his overall usage of medication.