A cervical facet injection involves injecting a small amount of local anesthetic (freezing) and an anti-inflammatory steroid into facet joints of the cervical spine to help relieve neck pain from inflammation or arthritis. A bone scan with SPECT/CT may be requested by your doctor to better identify acutely inflamed joints.
These injections typically relieve pain for 3-6 months. If successful, repeat injections can be performed after three months.
This exam is covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan. It is not currently offered at our Saskatchewan clinic.