Sacroiliac Joint Injection
Pain from sacroiliac joint dysfunction can be felt anywhere in the lower back or spine, buttocks, pelvis, groin, or sometimes in the legs. Chronic SI joint pain symptoms can make it difficult to perform common daily tasks and can affect every aspect of a patient’s life. This injection diagnoses and treats sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Common SI Joint Pain Symptoms
- Lower back pain (below L5)
- Sensation in lower extremity: pain, numbness, tingling, weakness
- Pelvis/buttock pain
- Hip/groin pain
- Feeling of leg instability (buckling, giving way)
- Disturbed sleep patterns due to pain
- Disturbed sitting patterns (unable to sit for long periods, sitting on one side)
- Pain going from sitting to standing
Sacroiliac Joint Injection Facts and Information
The sacroiliac joint (SI) is located in the pelvis. It links the iliac bone (pelvis) to the sacrum (lowest part of the spine above the tailbone). The SI joint transfers weight and forces between your upper body and legs.
The sacroiliac joint injections may be used to diagnose and treat certain types of back pain caused by arthritis.
Local anesthetic and a steroid medication are common medications injected into the joint to treat the inflammation causing the pain. Many people are choosing alternative treatments such as regenerative medications including PRP and Stem Cells to treat sacroiliac joint pain.
Each person responds differently to the injections and the effect will not be known until you have had the injection. Most patients report immediate relief resulting from the numbing medication used, then long term improvement from the anti-inflammatory effects of the steroid or PRP & Stem cells.
About the Procedure
The patient is positioned face down on a procedure table with a cushion underneath them for optimal positioning and comfort. The physician uses a fluoroscope (x-ray) to locate the sacroiliac joint. A local anesthetic numbs the skin and all the tissue down to the surface of the sacroiliac joint. The physician advances a needle through the anesthetized track and into the sacroiliac joint under direct x-ray guidance. A steroid-anesthetics or prp/stem cell mixture is then injected into the sacroiliac joint, bathing the painful area. The needle is removed, and a small bandage covers the injection site.