Sacroiliac (SI) joint injections are a type of procedure used to diagnose and treat pain originating from the sacroiliac joint. The sacroiliac joint is located between the sacrum and the ilium bones of the pelvis and allows for movement and stability of the lower back.
During the procedure, a local anesthetic and/or anti-inflammatory medication is injected into the sacroiliac joint to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. If the patient experiences significant pain relief after the injection, it confirms that the pain is originating from the sacroiliac joint. This can help doctors diagnose the source of the pain and determine the best treatment options, which may include physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, or medication management.
SI joint injections are typically used to treat chronic lower back pain caused by conditions such as arthritis, injury, or degenerative conditions of the spine. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis and has few side effects. The effects of the injection can last for a few weeks to several months, depending on the individual and their condition.« Back to Glossary Index