Thoracic Facet Block

  • Hideki ToyokawaEmail author


Thoracic facet block is performed to relieve pain originating in the intervertebral joint.

It is also useful as a diagnostic nerve block. Blocking the posterior/medial branches of the spinal nerve will have the same efficacy.


Thoracic facet block Thoracic facet block X-ray fluoroscopy and ultrasound-guided approach 


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    Sehgal N, et al. Systematic review of diagnostic utility of facet (zygapophysial) joint injections in chronic spinal pain: an update. Pain Physician. 2007;10:213–28.PubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pain ClinicNTT Medical Center TokyoTokyoJapan

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