By Aaron Rosenblatt, MD
Neck (cervical), mid back (thoracic) and low back (lumbar) pain are common ailments which can be acute or chronic. This may be debilitating and stop people from their usual activities of daily living. As many do not know, this pain from the spine can easily be treated by a qualified Interventional Pain Management Specialists, like Dr. Aaron Rosenblatt. Aaron Rosenblatt, MD is a double board certified medical specialist whose brand new state-of-the-art facility is located conveniently in the heart of Delray Beach, FL. He has been successfully treating patients in south Florida now for over 10 years. Patients also come from all over the country to see Dr. Rosenblatt due to his expertise in spine pain, joint pain (knee, hip, shoulder, wrist and ankle) and their treatment options. Spine pain from arthritis of the neck, mid back and low back are the most common pain syndrome he sees among his patients and he wants to spread awareness how this issue can be treated.
Facet joint injections link the bones of the spine together in the posterior or back part of the spine. Two facet joints are in the present at each spinal segment. They are named after the spinal bones that they connect. Because there are two joints per level, there is a right and left joint. The facet joints are important in restricting the motion of the cervical and lumbar spine, but they also allow twisting, flexion, and extension motions.
Facet joints are common sources of neck pain and lower back pain and also go under diagnosed and under treated. Trauma and arthritic changes can cause the release of pain generating substances that sensitize nerve endings located in the joint. This is easily treatable.
For patients with facet joint pain from the lower back, complaints usually consist of pain or tenderness in the lower back slightly over to one or both sides, pain with lower back extension, pain with twisting, and radiation of pain to the buttocks or back or front of the thighs. Similar symptoms can be found in the mid back and neck with pain, headaches and shoulder discomfort.
A facet joint block involves the injection of a local anesthetic into or next to the joint itself. This is always done under fluoroscopic guidance so Dr. Rosenblatt can see exactly where the medication needs to be placed. A local corticosteroid is commonly administered as well to provide extended relief. This simple procedure, which takes less than 5 minutes to perform, is done to help diagnose where the pain is generated from and then to also treat the painful condition. Patients normally resume their usual activities immediately after this minimal procedure.
Dr. Rosenblatt explains, “This simple procedure to help people of all adult ages is extremely easy to perform and provide an immense amount of relief.” In Dr. Rosenblatt’s interventional pain management clinic in Delray Beach, FL, thousands of individuals have been able to benefit from this technique. Please look forward to more articles about Dr. Aaron Rosenblatt and the vast number of procedures he performs to help people with all types of pain. His main focus is to help individuals avoid surgery, eliminate pain medications and to ultimately feel much better on a daily basis and enjoy life!
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