The facet joint is located along the entire length of the spine from the neck to the lower back where one vertebra slightly overlaps over the other. A needle is used to administer a local anesthetic to the facet joint under the guidance of a low-dose fluoroscopy X-ray. Once the needle is in the correct position, Dr. DeCaria of Revitalize Medical Center at Glenview and Evanston, IL, will then inject an anti-inflammatory steroid to yield pain relief. Patients are typically able to walk immediately after the procedure after being monitored in our clinic for a short-period of time before you leave. Patients may experience pain relief for several hours or up to several months. In some cases, radiofrequency ablation may be needed to provide more long-term relief of 6-18 months.