For patients who are suffering from Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, KureSmart Pain Management offers Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections to help them find relief from the pain. The SI joint injection can accurately target the affected area and deliver a mix of steroids and anesthetic to reduce inflammation and swelling of tissue in the joint space. This powerful, long-lasting medication will provide relief for lower back and leg pain for an extended period of time.
What are the Sacroiliac (SI) Joints?
Located at the bottom part of the spine is the sacrum, which is made up of several vertebral bodies that are fused together. This triangle shape bone sits just above the tailbone (the coccyx). Connected to the sacrum is the ilium, the large broad bone that is located in the upper portion of the pelvis. Sacroiliac (SI) joints connect the sacrum to the left and right iliac bones.
The two sacroiliac joints are responsible for a person’s ability to stand upright and also act as shock absorbents. These small joints absorb forces from the upper body and are responsible for shifting weight from the lower back to the hips and legs. That will reduce pressure on the spine.
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
These joints can become injured or inflamed, leading to Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. This condition causes chronic pain and discomfort, often characterized by pain in the lower back, buttocks, groin, and legs. The pain can be present when standing up, walking, sitting, or sleeping making it difficult for a person to function normally in everyday life. SI Joint Dysfunction can be caused by many things including arthritis, gout, pregnancy, or injuries including falls or car accidents. This condition is responsible for many lower back pain complaints.
Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections
Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections are an effective treatment for relieving lower back pain associated with SI Joint Dysfunction. The SI joint injections contain steroids and an anesthetic and actually serve a few purposes. First, by utilizing numbing medication injected into the joint, you will either feel immediate relief from the pain or the pain will continue. If you do feel immediate relief, then your pain management doctor will know they are treating the correct source of your pain. The inflammation in the joints is addressed with the use of steroids in the injection. This will help reduce the pain and allow you live a normal life with less pain. It also allows a physical therapist or chiropractor to treat the SI joints.
The procedure is fairly simple and should not take very long. While lying on your stomach, the skin over the SI joint will be cleansed. A small area of the skin will also be numbed. Using x-ray guidance, your pain management doctor will insert a small needle into the joint. Using a small amount of contrast dye, they will confirm the medicine is going to the correct area. Then, the numbing anesthetic and anti-inflammatory steroid will be injected into the joint.
There is no cure for SI joint dysfunction, but SI joint injections do provide long-lasting relief. Injections are commonly used in a multidisciplinary approach which can include physical therapy and other treatment options for comprehensive treatment and improved results.
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