In a sacroiliac joint injection, a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid are injected into one or both of your sacroiliac joints, or into the ligaments surrounding the joints. The steroid medication can reduce swelling and inflammation in the joint. The pain relief from the injection can last up to 10 months.
The sacroiliac joint is a large joint in your lower back and buttocks region. When the joint becomes painful, it can cause pain in its immediate region or it can refer pain into your groin, abdomen, hip, buttock or leg. If you are experiencing this type of pain, you may benefit from this procedure.
Sacroiliac joint injections are performed at our office under live x-ray (fluoroscopy) for safety and accuracy. The doctor may order IV sedation (i.e. “twilight sleep”) as an option for your comfort. Afterwards, the doctor will begin by “numbing” the injection site with a local anesthetic. With the aid of the fluoroscope, Dr. Reid will perform the actual injection(s), in which a local anesthetic and steroid combination is injected.