Management of Low Back Pain and Sciatica in over 16s

Request for referral for facet joint injections, medial branch blocks, epidural injections and nerve root blocks in secondary care.

Related keywords
spinal injections, low back pain, sciatica, facet joint injections, medial branch block, epidural
Who can apply
General Practitioner, Consultant, Musculoskeletal
Referral routes
Criteria Based Access, Exceptional Funding Request Panel

This new policy replaces the facet joint injections and medial branch blocks in secondary care and spinal and back pain injections policies.

There are many different types of spinal injections performed in the management of low back pain. There are a variety of different techniques, and many are used in conjunction with other therapies, for example, fitness, stretching and exercise programmes. 

Usually the injected agents aim to soothe inflamed tissue or calm excessive nerve activity, but some (sclerosants) aim to induce inflammation and stimulate healthy new tissue growth.

(also known as or related to – back pain, radicular pain, spinal, therapeutic injections, epidural, sacroiliac and nerve root blocks)

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Description: Treatment under this policy is either subject to criteria based access (CBA) or requires authorisation from the Exceptional Funding Request Panel (EFR).  Please refer to the policy detail in order to confirm the actions required by the referrer.