Your body contains two sacroiliac joints, one on each side of the sacrum, which is a triangle-shaped bone at the very base of your spine. The sacrum is made up of several fused vertebrae and is located directly above the tailbone (or coccyx). The left and right sides of the sacrum are connected to the ilium, which are the broad, bony plates that are often described as the “wings” of the pelvis. The connection between each sacrum and the illium is called a sacroiliac joint.
Much like any joint in your body, the sacroiliac joint can become inflamed and cause lower back pain, as well as pain in the buttocks, hips, or legs. However, a common procedure used to diagnose and treat this condition is a sacroiliac joint steroid injection.
What is it?
A sacroiliac joint steroid injection involves introducing a numbing medicine and/or steroid into the problematic joint in an effort to relieve pain. The procedure begins with your doctor cleansing and numbing the injection site. First, a small amount of contrast dye will be injected into the joint. This will allow your doctor to use an x-ray device (called a fluoroscope) that’s capable of viewing the dye and ensuring the medication is only injected into the proper area. Your doctor will then inject a mixture of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory cortisone into the joint, completing the procedure.
What Can I Expect After the Injection?
If you experience pain relief after your sacroiliac joint steroid injection, your doctor can reasonably conclude that your pain was a result of that specific joint. This will allow further treatment and potentially longer-lasting pain relief remedies. However, if your pain does not subside, there may be another root cause behind your lower back, hip, buttock, or leg pain.
If a sacroiliac joint steroid injection or other conservative procedure has failed to diagnose or treat your pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Whether your back or neck pain is a result of spondylolisthesis, or spinal stenosis, or if it is caused by a bulging disc, herniated disc, or other degenerative disc disease, we can help. Our innovative, safe, and effective outpatient procedures may be able to help you rediscover your life without back or neck pain, all within a few short hours.