Sacroiliac joint pain can be debilitating and reduce mobility and quality of life. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers sacroiliac pain treatment in Kingsland and Brunswick, Georgia for effective pain relief.
What Are Sacroiliac Joint Injections?
A sacroiliac joint injection in an injection targeting the sacroiliac joint with a steroid and local anesthetic to relieve pain. This injection can deliver very quick pain relief after the procedure has been completed due to the numbing medicine. The anesthetic will wear off but the steroid medication can give longer-lasting pain relief and usually takes effect after 24 to 48 hours.
The sacroiliac joints exist to stabilize the spine and allow movement. As a result of general wear and tear, inflammation, or injury, the sacroiliac joints can become a source of debilitating pain in the lower back. With most patients, the injection is usually undertaken alongside physiotherapy and other treatments.
What Do Sacroiliac Joint Injections Treat?
Sacroiliac joint injections are for the most part used in an attempt to provide some relief from pain arising in the buttock, leg, back, and neck areas. Specifically, sacroiliac joints are a pair of small joints lying close to the junction of the pelvis and spine. Unlike joints such as the hips, knees, or shoulders, the sacroiliac joint does not move much, but they are essential at bearing weight.
When the sacroiliac joint becomes painful, it can cause pain in the immediate area or referred pain to the leg, buttock, hip, groin, or abdomen. Sacroiliac joint injections in Brunswick offer months of pain relief and significantly reduce inflammation.
How Are Sacroiliac Joint Injections Performed?
Following an examination by the physician, you will lay face down on a unique x-ray table. The injection site will be prepared and covered with a sterile drape. The skin is then numbed using a local anesthetic. Using real-time x-ray guidance technology called fluoroscopy, a needle is injected into the exact location of the sacroiliac joint that is responsible for the pain. The local anesthetic and steroid medication are injected into the joint.
While you may feel some pressure when the medicine is injected, and the initial prick of the needle entering the body, the local anesthetic will numb area and give some immediate relief from pain.
The whole procedure should only take around 20 to 30 minutes. Afterward, you will be monitored briefly in recovery before you can go home.
How Long Do Sacroiliac Joint Injections Last?
The duration of pain relief provided by sacroiliac joint injections can vary greatly from person to person. For some, pain relief may come immediately following the procedure, while for others it can take up to one or two weeks. Some patients will not even receive any pain relief from sacroiliac joint injections at all. The pain relief you experience can last weeks, months, or sometimes longer.
Sacroiliac joint injections in Brunswick are an effective way to combat the pain from sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Searching for sacroiliac joint injections near me? We encourage you to schedule a consultation at the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia. We welcome patients in the Kingsland and Brunswick area.