Sacroiliac Joint Injections
If you’ve been experiencing pain in your lower back and hips, you may have been referred for a sacroiliac joint injection. This procedure is an effective treatment for sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which can cause chronic lower back and hip pain. But what does the procedure entail? Read on to find out what you need to know about sacroiliac joint injections.
What is a Sacroiliac Joint?
The sacroiliac (SI) joint connects the spine at the sacrum and the pelvis at the ilium. It supports the weight of the body while allowing a small amount of movement between these two bones. SI joint dysfunction occurs when this joint becomes stiff or painful due to injury, overuse, pregnancy, or age-related degeneration.
What Happens During a Sacroiliac Joint Injection?
During a sacroiliac, joint injection, an X-ray machine called fluoroscopy is used to guide a needle into the SI joint with accuracy. A local anesthetic is then injected into the area around the SI joint to block any pain signals from reaching your brain. If necessary, steroid medication might be injected as well to reduce inflammation and swelling around the joints. The whole procedure typically takes about 15 minutes and there are no incisions required; it’s done entirely through needles inserted into your skin.
What Are the Benefits of a Sacroiliac Joint Injection?
The benefits of this minimally invasive procedure can include reduced pain and improved mobility in your hips and lower back area. It can also help diagnose SI joint dysfunction if other tests have been inconclusive. Most patients experience some degree of relief after their first injection; however, multiple injections may be needed to achieve more lasting results.
Sacroiliac joint injections are an effective treatment for lower back and hip pain caused by SI joint dysfunction. During this minimally invasive procedure, an X-ray machine is used to guide a needle into the affected area where local anesthetic is injected to block any pain signals from reaching your brain—and potentially steroid medication too if needed—to reduce inflammation and swelling around the joints. While most patients experience some degree of relief after their first injection, multiple injections may be necessary for more lasting results. Speak with your healthcare provider if you think you may benefit from this type of treatment option!