Facet rhixotomy can be an efficient way of treating lower back pain in people who are suffering from facet joint pain which the also call facet joint syndrome.
There are a number of injections for back and neck pain relief, from epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks, radio frequency neuroanatomy or prolotherapy.
They can be more effective than oral medication as they deliver pain relief directly to the location that is painful.
An epidural steroid injection delivers a power anti-inflammatory directly to the source of pain. This can be very effective for back pain and for some can last quite a while, but it is not always the case.
When I first had my epidurals the pain relief lasted on average between 3 6 months but gradually over the last few years its lasted less and less and with the last one only lasting one week I no longer have this procedure done. Instead I have trigger point injections which can help for referred pain and can last up to four months.