Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injections for Pain Management

Sacroiliac joint steroid injections are a type of treatment for sacroiliac joint pain. They involve injecting a corticosteroid medication into the sacroiliac joint to reduce inflammation and pain. These injections can be an effective way to relieve pain and improve function in the affected joint, but they are not a permanent solution. 

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Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injections Treated Conditions

  • Lower back painLower back pain is an incredibly common condition that affects people of all ages and abilities. It is typically brought on by a sprain or strain of the lower back muscles, ligaments, or discs.  
  • Pain that spreads – Pain that spreads is a term used to describe pain that begins in one area of the body and then radiates to a different area. Different medical conditions, including arthritis, sciatica, and fibromyalgia, can cause this.  
  • Sciatic-like pain – Sciatic-like pain is a sharp, shooting pain that stems from the lower back and radiates down the back of the leg, usually on one side.  
  • Stiffness – Stiffness is a medical condition characterized by difficulty moving or bending the body due to rigidity in the joints, muscles, and ligaments.  
  • Worsened pain – Worsened pain is characterized by discomfort that persists despite treatment and can be caused by a wide variety of factors, including injury, disease, and other medical conditions.  
  • Instability – Instability refers to a person’s inability to maintain a steady and consistent level of physical function and or the ability to remain standing.  

Why Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers?

Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers is the ideal choice for sacroiliac joint steroid injections. Our team of highly qualified interventional pain specialists are experts in providing minimally invasive treatments. You can rest assured knowing that you’ll receive top-notch care from our New Orleans team of double board-certified professionals. 

Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injections FAQ

Inform your doctor of any medications you take and allergies you have. You’ll likely want to wear loose, comfortable clothing, and you may also be advised to avoid eating or drinking anything for several hours before the injection. 

Your doctor will use X-ray guidance to help locate the exact spot for the injection. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the skin and tissues in the area. Once numb, the doctor will insert the needle directly into the sacroiliac joint and inject a corticosteroid medication. The corticosteroid will help to reduce inflammation and pain in the joint. The injection itself is typically quick and painless, and the procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes. 

You may experience some minor swelling at the injection site, but that should subside within a day or two. Your doctor will also likely advise you to avoid strenuous activities for a few days. Typically, the effects of the injection will be noticeable within a few days. The corticosteroid medication will help to reduce inflammation and you should notice an improvement in your symptoms. Keep in mind, the effects of the injection are not permanent, and you may need to have repeat injections in the future to maintain the benefits.