Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection
Sacroiliac Joint Pain Causes
The sacroiliac joint is present in the pelvis between the sacrum and ilium bones held together by strong ligaments. Pain in this joint can occur because of traumatic injury, osteoarthritis, and sacroiliitis. This pain can get severe due to prolonged standing, running, and stair climbing. This ailment is also difficult to diagnose and can be mistaken for lower back pain, however, medical experts link it to inflammation caused by spinal arthritis. To tackle the inflammation of the joint, the Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection is administered relieving the patient from pain and discomfort.
At Dunes Pain Specialists, our physician will first disinfect the pelvis area where the procedure is to be administered. Numbing medicine is applied to the region so as to reduce discomfort during the procedure. This medicine also might give you temporary pain relief lasting many hours. After that, a solution of local anesthetic and steroid is injected into the sacroiliac joint through a needle using X-Ray guidance. The pain might return after the anesthetic effect wears off and then the steroid effect comes into action. After 2 to 3 days, you will feel relief and discomfort will subside.
You might need the company of a responsible adult so as to drive back home after this procedure. Also, the physician will ask you if you have any sickness and are on blood-thinning medicine – in this case, the procedure will not be administered.
The patient might be instructed not to drive for 24 hours after the procedure. You must refrain from any strenuous physical activities, and there can be no application of heat on the procedure area for that day. You might be asked to avoid pools, or bathing in hot tubs for a day or so. The physician will impart clear instructions about when you can resume your normal routine, diet, and medications.
However, if you feel any aggravating pain, allergy, swelling, or infection near the procedure site – contact Dunes Pain Clinic immediately for a consultation.