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Lumbar Facet Joint Injection. This procedure is designed to treat pain that you have in your lower back, upper leg, and buttocks. Most likely, the problem is caused by a lumbar facet joint.
The injection uses just one medication – a steroid that is anti-inflammatory. It is long-lasting, but will usually not start working until 48 to 72 hours have passed. During the procedure, an x-ray machine in real time will be used to ensure accuracy of the injection – and safety. The whole procedure normally takes just a few minutes.
Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injection. This procedure is given in order to reduce pain in your lower, back, your buttocks, and in your upper leg. It is nearly identical to the lumber facet joint injection, except that the injection will be in your pelvis. The doctor will use a real-time x-ray machine to guide the needle to ensure delivery of the medication to the area needed for pain relief.
Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation (Lumbar RF). This treatment is also for pain in your lower back, your buttocks, and in your upper leg. It is a minimal invasion surgery that treats pain in your lumbar facet joint.
After giving an injection to reduce pain, the doctor must use a real-time x-ray to guide the catheter to the exact point between two vertebrae where pain relief is needed. Once in place, electrical energy is applied to provide heat, which will destroy the nerve. It will provide relief for anywhere between 3 to 18 months.