What Is a Sacroiliac Joint Block?
A sacroiliac joint block is an injection containing local anesthetic and steroids, typically used to address lower back pain caused by sacroiliac joint dysfunction and relieve pain longer than other forms of treatment. The sacroiliac joint lies next to the spine and connects the sacrum with the pelvis; this joint can become inflamed and cause massive discomfort and pain.
How to know if a Sacroiliac Joint Block will work?
A Sacroiliac joint block could be right for you if you have lower back discomfort that is linked to arthritis or a similar condition in the sacroiliac joint. If this condition has been chronic and relief can’t be achieved through over-the-counter anti-inflammatories or other medicines, then a sacroiliac joint block may be right for you.
What to expect during a Sacroiliac Joint Block procedure?
A Sacroiliac joint block procedure’s goal is to place medication into the sacroiliac joint, either on the left or the right of the joint. In the sacroiliac joint block injection approach, we use fluoroscopic guidance and insert a needle into the sacroiliac joint. We then inject the joint with a mixture of lidocaine, which is a numbing agent, and a steroid to reduce inflammation. This should reduce pain and discomfort for longer and more reliably then other medications.
How to treat a Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction can happen when the Sacroiliac Joint becomes inflamed and causes pelvic pain and stiffness.
This can arise from too much or even a lack of movement. Ice and heat can help to relieve pain along with over the counter anti inflammatories, however, if the condition is more serious, a brace or injection may be needed to relieve discomfort in the Sacroiliac Joint.
How Long Should I Rest After A Sacroiliac Joint Block?
One of the major benefits of a sacroiliac joint injection is that the medication should last for several months. This will increase your mobility, and we will encourage you to participate in a physical therapy and rehabilitation program to strengthen your sacroiliac joint.
The recovery process following this procedure is relatively quick. You might experience a bit of soreness for a day or two, but you can alleviate this soreness with ice. Then, as soon as the soreness wears off, you should feel your mobility improve. Therefore, the recovery process is relatively short. It will be a pleasure to answer any questions concerning the recovery process. Reach out to us today to speak to our team.