Facet Joint Procedures for Chronic Back Pain (hospital referral)


Leeds CCGs Targeted Interventions Referral Form

Hospital Referral for Facet Joint Procedures for Chronic Back Pain

Referral to:

(insert patient’s choice of hospital)

Patient Details:






NHS Number

Tel (home)

Tel (mobile)

Gender Ethnicity Age

Is an interpreter required Yes No

Is transport required Yes No

Referrer Details:

Referring GP

Practice Address



Practice Code

Medical Branch Block (for the diagnosis and management of cervical, thoracic and lumbar back pain)

Medical Branch Blocks are appropriate if ALL of the following criteria are met: (Tick boxes)

Patient is part of a comprehensive pain management programme including physiotherapy, psychosocial support, medication and patient education.

A pain specialist of MSK Physician / GPSI (with back pain assessment, diagnostic and treatment skills) has assessed the patient and is of the opinion that facet joint is the most likely cause of pain

The pain has lasted for more than one year

The pain has resulted in documented moderate to significant impact on daily functioning (a loss of physical function of 50% or greater)

All conservative management options (physiotherapy treatments and guided exercise programmes, pharmacotherapy including analgesia and muscle relaxants) have been tried and failed

Body Mass Index is less that 38kg/m2

Repeat Injection in the Diagnostic Phase

Patients may receive up to injections at least 2-6 weeks apart in a particular region of the spine (lumbar, cervical and thoracic)

Repeat Injection in the Therapeutic Phase

Patients may receive a maximum of 2 injections per year (6 months apart) if ALL the following criteria are met: (Tick boxes)

Patient has been reviewed by a pain specialist or MSK Physician / GPSI and there is documentation to encourage self-care

There is documented evidence of a durable >50% pain relief

There has been greater than 50% reduction in symptoms for 3 months

Less pain medication

The patient remains within a comprehensive pain management programme

Review Date: April 2016

Clinical Notes:

Past Medical History:

Drug List:


GP Signature:

Supporting evidence


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Manchikanti L, Boswell MV, Datta S, Fellows B, Abdi S, Singh V, Benyamin RM, Falco FJ, Helm S,

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NICE clinical guideline 88: Low back pain: Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain, 2009 http://publications.nice.org.uk/low-back-pain-cg88 accessed July 2013

Staal JB, de Bie RA, de Vet HC, Hildebrandt J, Nelemans P. Injection therapy for subacute and chronic low back pain: an updated Cochrane review. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Jan 1;34(1):49-59.

Resnick DK, Choudhri TF, Dailey AT, et al; American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Guidelines for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 13: Injection therapies, low-back pain, and lumbar fusion. J

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Datta S, Lee M, Falco FJ, Bryce DA, Hayek SM. Systematic assessment of diagnostic accuracy and therapeutic utility of lumbar facet joint interventions. Pain Physician. 2009 Mar-Apr;12(2):437-60.

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Review Date: April 2016