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Facet joints are a series of small joints at the back of your spine that help guide the motion of your spine.

Sacroiliac joints are 2 large joints at the back of your pelvis.


Both facet and sacroiliac joints can become painful when injury, metabolic conditions or wear and tear damage them. Joint injections can be useful to:

1. Identify which joints are causing your pain.

2. Providing treatment to the painful joints.

Coming to your diagnostic block appointment without pain is like taking your car to the mechanic when the engine isn’t rattling. Think of your pain like that rattling in your engine; without it we won’t be able to diagnose the problem and will have to send you home.


To make an accurate diagnosis we need the rattling to be loud enough and ask that you come to your appointment with a pain score of 4+ out of 10, where 0 = no pain and 10 = the worst pain imaginable.

To ensure you have at least a 4/10 pain score, consider limiting the amount of pain medication you are taking or safely engage in activities or movements that increase your pain.

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