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Ryan Peterson, MD

Dr. Ryan Peterson

Lumbar Facet Injection

What is a Lumbar Facet Joint Injection?

Los Angeles based Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Ryan Peterson performs Lumbar Facet Joint Injections by injecting a local anesthetic and/or steroid into a joint or joints next to vertebrae for pain relief. These types of injections are often provided to minimize pain while a person is undergoing physical therapy. Lumbar Facet Joint Injections are also called Facet Blocks, because the goal of these injections is to block pain.

What Causes Facet Joint Pain?

Pain in the Facet Joints may be the result of aging, injury, or pressure on the Facet Joints caused by disc degeneration in the spine.

How Long Does a Facet Block Last?

Lumbar Facet Joint Injections typically result in immediate relief from pain, because an anesthetic is used to numb the area. The numbing agent may wear off relatively quickly, but within 48 hours many individuals suffering from lumbar (lower) back pain will begin to feel the effects of the steroid, which is an anti-inflammatory. Relief from Facet Blocks may last days to months, depending upon the nature of your injury.

Are Facet Injections Safe?

Facet Injections performed by Los Angeles Pain Management Specialist Dr. Ryan Peterson are simple, safe, minimally invasive procedures with typically no side effects.

How Many Facet Injections Will I Need?

Pain Management is a customized therapy, so the number of Facet Injections or Facet Blocks you will need will depend upon your unique circumstances. Dr. Ryan Peterson, Los Angeles based Pain Management Specialist will analyze your injury or degeneration and discuss an appropriate therapy protocol with you.

If you're suffering from low back pain, you may be a candidate for a Lumbar Facet Block in Los Angeles. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Peterson by calling 818-501-2001.