SI joint injections overview

Experiencing the chronic pain generally associated with SI joint dysfunction can be debilitating. Many patients who are experiencing this type of pain wonder what treatment options may be available to them. Laser Spine Institute is committed to assisting patients in making the best decision regarding their conditions and their lifestyle, which is why we always recommend that patients exhaust all conservative options prior to considering surgical procedures. To learn about the potential nonsurgical treatments that may be beneficial in your recovery, read the following article.

Function of SI joint injections

One of the most common forms of conservative treatment is the SI joint injection. Injections are used in a number of ways to both diagnose and locate the source of a patient’s pain, as well as to alleviate the pain by injecting medication directly into the impacted area. The SI joint injection is often a corticosteroid injection, releasing the inflammation surrounding the impacted joint. This type of treatment brings many patients some level of relief for a short amount of time.

Other commonly recommended conservative treatments include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Chiropractic care
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Low-impact exercise
  • Pain medications
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Muscle relaxants

Surgical alternatives to SI joint injections

Though it is good to explore multiple different methods of conservative treatment, a small portion of people will not experience any relief from SI joint injections or other conservative options. Laser Spine Institute offers these patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery used to treat SI joint pain.^ Determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery by reaching out to a member of our dedicated team today.

During our SI joint fusion, one of our board-certified surgeons+ will use a small incision that is muscle sparing to fuse together your sacrum and pelvis in order to stabilize the spine and decompress the affected nerve, allowing you to get back to the activities you have been missing. For information regarding our SI joint fusion and to find out if our procedures would be effective in relieving your symptoms, contact Laser Spine Institute and ask for a free MRI review.*