Media reporting on steroid facet joint injections use

Published: 09/04/2018

Members and Fellows will be aware of articles in national newspapers today on the use of steroid facet joint injections e.g.

It is important to recognise that the NICE guidance (NG59) on non-specific back pain and sciatica has strict criteria on when the only recognised interventional option is lumbar facet radiofrequency denervation after a successful medial branch block, and should be familiar with the inclusion and exclusion criteria within the document. Pro-active discussions with local CCGs, and CCG groups, are essential in maintaining good practice and quality of care.