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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-40

Lumbar facet joint interventions


1 Director and Senior Consultant, Department of Pain Management, Kolkata Pain Clinic; Belle Vue Clinic; Fortis Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Postgraduate Student, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
Krishna Poddar
Director and Senior Consultant, Department of Pain Management, Kolkata Pain Clinic; Belle Vue Clinic; Fortis Hospital Kolkata, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10046-0063

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Facet joints or zygapophyseal joints are paired synovial joints in the vertebrae that are commonly affected by degenerative changes that cause pain and disability. It is one of the most prevalent causes of low back pain and is more commonly seen in older population. Facet joint interventions may involve an intra-articular joint injection and medial branch block. Both of them are relatively simple and straightforward procedures best performed under fluoroscopy for guidance to properly target and place the needle.


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