Clinical evaluation of intra-articular injections for lumbar facet joint pain

L. S.W. Lau, G. O. Littlejohn, M. H. Miller

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Lumbar facet joint (LFJ) pain is a common cause of low back pain. Thirty-four consecutive patients with a clinical diagnosis of LFJ pain received injections of a local anaesthetic agent and a long-acting corticosteroid agent under radiological control. Ninetten patients experienced immediate lessening of their pain after the injection of local anaesthetic agent, their response supporting the clinical diagnosis. Twelve of these 19 patients experienced clinically significant relief of pain for more than six months. LFJ injection offers improved diagnosis and treatment of LFJ pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-565
Number of pages3
JournalThe Medical Journal of Australia
Issue number12-13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1985

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