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Facet Joint Injections

Alleviate your muscle pain by getting facet joint injections from us at Medical Spine & Injury Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Facet joints can be found on both sides of the back of the spine,  once they become painfully irritated or inflamed, a facet joint injection  can relieve your discomfort.


Before the procedure, Dr. Helm will numb the skin and tissue above the facet joint with an injection of local anesthetic. Then, using a fluoroscope, he guides a needle through the anethesthitized tissue and into the facet joint. Contrast dye is then injected into the joint to confirm the placement of the needle.

 Medication Injected

Once we know the needle is positioned properly, we inject a mixture of numbing anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory steroid medication into one or more facet joints.

Neck Pain - Joint Injections


Your back or neck pain may disappear immediately after a successful injection because of the anesthetic we administer. As the anesthetic wears off, the pain may return.

Over the course of several days, the steroid begins to take effect, reducing inflammation and pain. The injection provides relief for a span ranging from several days to several months, with up to three injections given per year.

Trigger Point Injections

When small, tender knots form in muscles or the fascia, the soft, stretchy, connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs, a trigger point injection eases the pain. This outpatient procedure is designed to reduce or relieve discomfort, taking only a few minutes to complete.

Simple Relief

Carefully inserting the needle, our physician injects an anesthetic mixture, causing the trigger point to relax.

After the initial injection,  Dr. Helm may adjust the needle’s position and give you an additional injection, making sure the spot is fully relieved of tension. Then he will apply a small bandage, and you will be  encouraged to move and stretch the muscle.

Contact us to rediscover your enjoyment in life by relieving your muscle pain with our facet joint injections and trigger point injections.