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  • Writer's pictureJustin Berelc

Facet Joint Blocks: What Are They and How Can They Help Alleviate Pain?

Car accidents can cause serious injuries, some of which can result in chronic pain that lasts for years. One such injury is damage to the facet joints in the cervical spine, which can cause significant discomfort and hinder the victim's quality of life.


Facet joint blocks are a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure used to identify and treat pain originating from the facet joints in the spine. During the procedure, a local anesthetic and steroid medication are injected into the joint to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

Facet joint blocks can be helpful for individuals suffering from conditions such as whiplash, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and arthritis. They can also be used to treat chronic pain caused by car accidents and other types of trauma.


In a recent case tried by the Berelc Law Firm, personal injury attorneys in Franklin County, Georgia, a client was awarded $700,000 for injuries sustained in a car accident. The client had only around $40,000 in medical bills but required facet joint blocks in his cervical spine for the rest of his life to help alleviate his pain.


Before the trial, the highest settlement offer was around $80,000. The defense attorneys believed that a Franklin County jury wouldn't award our client much money because we are in a conservative jurisdiction. However, the jury ultimately found in favor of the plaintiff, showing that our juries are fair if the client is believable.

Facet joint blocks are performed under fluoroscopy or ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate placement of the needle. The procedure is generally safe and effective, with minimal risks or side effects.


If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or other type of trauma and are experiencing chronic pain, it may be worth exploring the option of facet joint blocks. Consult with a qualified medical professional to determine if this procedure is appropriate for your specific condition.


In conclusion, facet joint blocks can be a useful tool for treating chronic pain caused by car accidents and other types of trauma. By reducing inflammation and alleviating pain, individuals can improve their quality of life and better manage their injuries. With experienced legal representation and a trustworthy client, even conservative juries can deliver fair compensation. Berelc Law Offices in Hartwell, GA and Lavonia, GA offers free consultations. Give us a call at 706-356-0518.


Facet Joint Blocks


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