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What is A Facet Block?

What is A Facet Block?

by Stephanie Meadows
Like any joint in the body, facet joints can cause pain if they are irritated or inflamed. Facet joints are the connections between the bones of the spine, able to allow for bending and movement, as well as allowing a passage for the nerve roots to send messages throughout the body. A facet joint block is a procedure where a local anesthetic medication (such as lidocaine or novocaine) is injected into the facet joint. This same type of medication is often used by a dentist to numb your jaw, or a doctor to sew up a laceration. The lidocaine actually numbs the area around the facet joint. If all your pain goes away, the doctor can assume that the facet joint is a problem.

Underlying Conditions that May Cause Hip Fracture

Underlying Conditions that May Cause Hip Fracture

by Shearly (SU)
A hip fracture is the complete or partial breakage of the upper thighbone, known as the proximal femur. The femur’s rounded end (known as its head) sits tightly but freely in the pelvis socket. The correct functioning of this “ball-and-socket” joint is essential for human locomotion. Hip fractures can cause loss of the ability to stand and walk, because of the tendency of the bone to heal in a malformed way — the result of stress that the thigh’s system of muscles exerts on the bone. Every year 300,000 Americans find themselves in hospital beds because of hip fractures.

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