Medial Branch Block​

Facet joint syndrome can be diagnosed with the help of a medial branch block in which a physician will inject an anesthetic near small medial nerves connected to a specific facet joint. If you experience noticeable pain relief immediately after the injection, the physician may determine that the facet joint is the cause of your pain. If that noted pain relief occurs with a medial branch block, a treatment called medial branch radiofrequency neurotomy (or ablation) can be considered for long term pain relief.