Facet joint injection for low back pain. A clinical study

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1986 Jan;68(1):138-41. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.68B1.2934398.


Therapeutic injection of facet joints is now widely practised, but British experience has been infrequently reported. We studied the results of injecting facet joints with a corticosteroid preparation in 50 patients suffering from the "facet syndrome". Our series included a number of extra-articular injections and these "failed injections" provide a useful control group. Results indicate that only intra-articular injections are effective; certainty of joint penetration can be ensured only by the routine use of joint arthrography.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthrography
  • Back Pain / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intra-Articular / methods
  • Iopamidol
  • Iothalamic Acid / analogs & derivatives
  • Male
  • Methylprednisolone / administration & dosage
  • Methylprednisolone / therapeutic use*
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies


  • Iothalamic Acid
  • Iopamidol
  • Methylprednisolone