Sacroiliac joints are located symmetrically on both sides of the body. They appear where the sacrum meets the ilium, or in layman's terms where the spine meets the hip bone. Steroid injections into the SI Joint may provide exceptional relief.
As with any joints that contain cartilage, they are susceptible to arthritis from aging wear and tear. With arthritis can come pain.
Options for pain management include physical therapy, chiropractic, pain medication, and interventional pain management.This injection procedure is performed to relieve pain caused by arthritis in the sacroiliac joint where the spine and hip bones meet. The steroid medication can reduce swelling and inflammation in the joint.
The patient lies face down and a cushion is placed under the stomach for comfort and to arch the back. The pain physician uses touch and the fluoroscope to find 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 tract and into the sacroiliac joint. A steroid anesthetic mix is injected into the joint bathing the painful area in medication. The needle is removed and a small bandage is used to cover the small surface wound.
Due to the fact that the sacroiliac joint is jagged and irregular, make sure to find a pain doctor who utilizes fluoroscopy, which is a real time form of x-ray machine. This will ensure the best chance for injection accuracy. You do not want to receive a steroid injection with anything less than the optimal chance of success.