The sacroiliac joint is the large joint where your spine and hip meet. It is very common to develop arthritis in this joint which can be very painful and in some cases, debilitating. When the joint becomes painful, the pain can surfaces in your lower back and buttocks region or the pain can be referred into your groin, abdomen, hip, buttock or leg.
A sacroiliac joint injection is performed to relieve pain caused by arthritis in the sacroiliac joint. The procedure serves several purposes. First, with a steroid injection, the amount of pain relief you experience immediately will help doctors confirm that this is the source of your pain. Also, with the steroid injection, time-release cortisone is allowed into the joint which reduces inflammation. This provided long-term pain relief.
Although there are numerous ways to treat a painful sacroiliac joint, sacroiliac joint injections work extremely well to reduce your swelling and inflammation and provide months of pain relief.
The patient lays face down. A cushion is placed under the stomach in order to arch the back. The sacroiliac joint is found through touch and a fluoroscope. A local anesthetic numbs the skin and all of the tissue down to the sacroiliac joint.
Then the doctor advances the needle through the anesthetized track and into the joint. The steroid is then injected into the joint and the painful area is bathed in soothing steroid. The needle is then removed, a small bandage is applied, and the patient can go home.
For more information on sacroiliac joint injection, contact The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.