Your sacroiliac joint is the area of your body where your lower spine and pelvis connect. Like other joints, your sacroiliac joint can be a source of pain that can interfere with your daily life. The medical experts at NovaSpine Pain Institute, with offices in Sun City West, Sun City, and Gilbert, Arizona, offer many interventional pain management treatments to help you get relief from your discomfort, including the sacroiliac joint injection. To schedule a consultation with the pain management specialists, call the office or use the online contact form today.
The sacroiliac joint injection contains a local anesthetic and a steroid and is used to ease pain from an injured or diseased sacroiliac joint.
This joint connects the lower portion of your spine to your pelvis and if inflamed, can cause pain that radiates to your lower back, buttocks, and/or legs.
You might find that your sacroiliac joint pain gets worse when you stand, which can make carrying out your daily responsibilities difficult.
The team at NovaSpine Pain Institute determines if you’re a good candidate for the sacroiliac joint injection during your pain management consultation.
You could be considered a good candidate if the pain you’re experiencing in the sacroiliac joint is affecting the quality of your life and/or preventing you from participating in treatments that can maximize your recovery, such as physical therapy.
A sacroiliac joint injection would not be recommended if you have an active infection or very high blood pressure. If you take blood thinners, you’ll need to modify your medication schedule before the team will consider you a good candidate for the injection.
Your sacroiliac joint injection is done at the office guided by a fluoroscope, a type of X-ray that ensures proper placement of the medication.
Your doctor numbs the area using a local anesthetic. Then, the fluoroscope is positioned over your hip and your doctor inserts the needle and injects the medication.
The local anesthetic in the sacroiliac joint injection should give you immediate relief in your pain that could last for several hours. Once the local anesthetic wears off, your pain will most likely return.
The team recommends you arrange to have someone drive you home after your sacroiliac joint injection.
You could start to notice an improvement in your pain 3-7 days after your injection once the steroid takes effect. With reduced inflammation, you should experience long-term pain relief.
The team often recommends that you start physical therapy after the sacroiliac joint injection to make the best of your recovery and restore normal movement to the joint.
To schedule a consultation with the experienced team at NovaSpine Pain Institute, call the office or use the online contact form.