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Special Procedures


Arthrography

X-ray guided injection of anesthetic and contrast agent into the joint of interest. The purpose is to better image the internal anatomy of the joint for more accurate diagnosis and surgical planning.

Therapeutic Joint Injection

X-ray guided injection of anesthetic and steroid into the joint. The purpose is to determine if the joint is the cause of pain (as determined by response to injection) and to obtain temporary pain relief lasting hours to months.

Facet Injection (Hospital Facility Only)

Precise X-ray or CT-guided injection of anesthetic and steroid into the small joints of the neck or back. The purpose is to determine if the facet joint is the cause of pain (as determined by response to injection) and to obtain pain relief lasting hours to months. There are two facet joints at each spinal segment with five lumbar segments and 7 cervical segments. Often multiple injections are performed at different segments to identify which segments are generating pain. The procedure is very important for precise diagnosis and treatment of neck and low back pain.