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Pain and Debilitating Conditions

Sacroiliac Joint Injection

A sacroiliac joint injection refers to a combination of anesthetic and steroid medications injected into the sacroiliac joint, or large connection between the sacrum (bottom of the spine) and the pelvis, to relieve pain, stiffness, or inflammation. The sacroiliac joint is a large joint and when it becomes painful, it can cause acute or chronic pain in its immediate region or it can refer pain into your groin, abdomen, hip, buttock, or leg. The sacroiliac joint injection is one among many interventional pain treatment services available at our pain management center. By merging the services of healthcare providers in a variety of therapeutic disciplines, our interventional pain management physicians are able to apply a team approach to your treatment, determine if sacroiliac joint injections are right for you, and help you find pain relief and a better quality of life.

During the Sacroiliac Joint Injection Procedure
First, you will be asked to lie face down and a cushion will be placed under your stomach for comfort and to arch your back for proper injection placement. Our interventional pain management physician will then use touch and a fluoroscope or x-ray to locate the sacroiliac joint. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the skin and tissues that extend down to the surface of the sacroiliac joint. As a minimally invasive technique, the physician will advance a needle through the anesthetized track and into the sacroiliac joint to inject several drops of a contrast dye to confirm that the medication only goes into the joint. Once confirmed, a combination medication (steroid and anesthetic) will be injected to the area in pain. Finally, the needle is removed and a small bandage is applied.

What to Expect After the Sacroiliac Joint Injection Procedure?
After the sacroiliac joint injection procedure, you will typically be kept at our pain management center for about 20-30 minutes for observation purposes. You will be asked to move your back to try and provoke your usual pain and report any remaining pain (or lack thereof). Some side effects of the sacroiliac joint injection technique include numbness, weakness, or an odd feeling in the leg for a few hours following the injection. Some patients notice a slight increase in pain lasting for several days as the numbing medication wears off before the steroid takes full effect. You may be asked to record the relief you experience during the next week and provide that information to your physician at a follow-up consultation.

Find out if the sacroiliac joint steroid injection technique will help you find relief from your acute or chronic pain condition by contacting our interventional pain management center and speaking with a pain management physician who is focused on providing the best possible care.