Sacroiliac Joint Injection
A sacroiliac joint injection is a procedure that delivers pain numbing and inflammation relief to the low back. The sacroiliac region is located on the right and left side of the pelvis. This area can become inflamed and very painful because of joint dysfunction or other issues. Your doctor may recommend this procedure to diagnose pain and/or to provide temporary pain relief.
If a diagnosis of SI joint dysfunction has been given, you can receive a steroid injection to reduce inflammation in addition to pain medicine. After the injection, you may be placed on a physical therapy rehabilitation program.
How to Prepare:
- Follow all of your doctor’s instructions regarding fasting and taking regular medications.
- You will be asked to wear a hospital gown.
What to Expect:
- The procedure only takes a few minutes.
- You will be able to go home right after the injection.
- You will lie down on your stomach with a pillow for comfort.
- The site of injection will be numbed with local anesthetic.
- The joint medication will be injected with X-Ray or CT image guidance.
After the Procedure:
- Take it easy for the first 24 hours.
- Follow your doctor’s instruction for self-care and follow-up.