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2019 Jul 09

BMJ Open



Prognostic factors in low back pain individuals undergoing steroid and anaesthetic intra-articular facet joint infiltration: a protocol for a prospective, longitudinal, cohort study.


Rodrigues J C, Poetscher A W, Lenza M, Gotfryd A O, Martins Filho D E, Rodrigues L M R, Garcia R G, Rosemberg L A, do Barros D C S, Kihara Filho E N, Ferretti M, Bang G S S
BMJ Open. 2019 Jul 09; 9(7):e026903.
PMID: 31292177.


Lumbar pain of facet origin is a common problem worldwide. For those patients not responding to traditional treatment, one approach may be intra-articular infiltration of corticoid and anaesthetic. However, despite the increasing demand for this procedure, no consensus exists regarding its therapeutic value. The selection of eligible participants may be a determining factor since only those with an inflammatory process will benefit from the use of corticosteroids. This study aims to identify differences in disability, pain and quality of life scores in individuals with and without facet joint inflammation who were diagnosed using MRI.