If you suffer from lower back pain or sciatica, it may be associated with Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. An effective way to determine this is via a sacroiliac joint injection, which can confirm the stem of the patient’s pain and even provide effective pain relief. Often these two purposes can be carried out within the same procedure, however sometimes a diagnostic injection and a therapeutic injection will be carried out separately in order to provide the best results possible.
Firstly the sacroiliac joint is numbed with local anaesthetic, then the injection is performed under X-ray guidance. Once numbed, the patient is asked to perform activities they would usually find painful. Should the patient experience a great relief in pain, a preliminary diagnosis will be made. Sometimes, a second diagnostic injection may be required.
If diagnosis is confirmed, a Radiofrequency treatment of the sacroiliac joint can be performed where the small nerves to the joint can be cauterized to produce long-lasting pain relief.
These injections are generally safe and possible side-effects include bleeding, infection and allergic reaction, all of which are uncommon.