Therapeutic and diagnostic injections to the Sacro-Iliac Joints relieve the pain associated with S-I joint dysfunction. This joint is a part of the bony pelvis and is different in a way that the bones that form it don’t move. It contains some natural fluid and has many ligaments that can get inflamed which often is the cause of severe pain in a lower part of the back.
The injection is performed in the OR with the help of X-ray fluoroscopy and for those who request it, with sedation. A local anesthetic is used to numb the skin. Then, a thin needle is painlessly introduced to the SI joint and an anti-inflammatory medication (corticosteroid) and a long acting numbing medicine is injected into the joint. Few minutes later the pain is relieved by the anesthetic. The injected steroid remains in place for weeks, which helps to treat the inflammation and by doing so relieves the pain.
There is no recovery period from this injection and regular daily activities may be resumed on the same day as the procedure.