Sacroiliac Joint Injection

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Sacroiliac Joint Injection is a steroid shot that only requires minimal intrusion of the body. It is a treatment that relieves discomfort in a large joint located near the lower back and buttocks.Sacroiliac Joint Injection is a steroid shot that only requires minimal intrusion of the body. It is a treatment that relieves discomfort in a large joint located near the lower back and buttocks.

These conditions can cause discomfort in the sacroiliac, groin, abdomen, hip, buttock or legs.

Although the alleviation of pain brought on by SJI can only last for a short time. It can range from a few days to a few years.

Some rare side effects to SJI include weight gain, a spike in your blood sugar, water retention, and a brief interruption to your immune system due to does suppressive nature of the medication.

Without complications you should be able to resume work the following day. The desired result of the treatment is to minimize back pain so you may go back to performing your everyday tasks.

The sacroiliac joints lie next to the spine and connect the sacrum with the hip on both sides. There are two sacroiliac joints, one on the right and one on the left. Joint inflammation and/or dysfunction in this area can cause pain. Read more about Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction.

The purpose of a sacroiliac joint injection is two-fold: to diagnose the source of a patient’s pain, and to provide therapeutic pain relief.

Diagnosis

If the patient experiences 75-80% pain relief for the normal duration of the anesthetic, a tentative diagnosis of SI joint dysfunction is made. A second diagnostic sacroiliac injection should be performed using a different numbing medication (e.g. Bupivicaine) in order to confirm the diagnosis.

  1. If this second diagnostic injection also provides 75-80% pain relief for the duration of the anesthetic, there is a reasonable degree of medical certainty the sacroiliac joint is the source of the patient’s pain.
    1. Some practitioners are performing lateral branch blocks to diagnose SI joint pain. The lateral branch nerves are small nerves that branch off the sacral spinal nerves and provide sensation to the joint. A lateral branch block might be performed to determine if a patient is a candidate for a
      1. to provide longer lasting relief of the pain associated with SI joint dysfunction.

Pain Relief

First if the patient experiences prolonged pain relief after a therapeutic sacroiliac joint injection. He or she can begin a physical therapy and rehabilitation program to further reduce pain and return the patient to normal activity levels.

Consequently if the therapeutic sacroiliac joint injection is successful in reducing or eliminating the patient’s pain for a longer duration. In conjunction with physical therapy and rehabilitation program, to help the patient maintain normal function.

  1. Finally if this second diagnostic injection also provides 75-80% pain relief for the duration of the anesthetic. There is a reasonable degree of medical certainty the sacroiliac joint is the source of the patient’s pain.
      to provide longer lasting relief of the pain associated with SI joint dysfunction.
      Some practitioners are performing lateral branch blocks to diagnose SI joint pain. The lateral branch nerves are small nerves that branch off the sacral spinal nerves and provide sensation to the joint.

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