About Sacroiliac Injections
The sacroiliac joints are positioned on either side of the spine and are used to connect the sacrum (bone at the bottom of the spine) to the pelvis. When an individual develops sacroiliac joint dysfunction, they can experience severe low back pain on one or both sides of the body. It is not always known why sacroiliac joint dysfunction occurs, but it can be extremely uncomfortable and can create significant inflammation in the affected joints. Dr. Jerry Lewis of Lewis Pain Management provides sacroiliac joint injections as a way to both diagnose sacroiliac joint dysfunction and relieve the pain that is associated with it. Typically, a diagnostic testing injection and the treatment injection are performed together, but they can also be done separately. To learn more about how to treat your sacroiliac joint dysfunction, contact our Frisco, McKinney, or Southlake, TX to schedule a consultation.
Candidates for sacroiliac joint injections would be any individual that has been diagnosed with sacroiliac joint dysfunction or is just experiencing symptoms that could be correlated to it. Symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction include lower back pain, pain in the hips, buttocks, or groin area, stiffness, pain that worsens with applied pressure to the joint, and instable mobility of the joints. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and have not yet been diagnosed with sacroiliac joint dysfunction, consult with Dr. Lewis about using sacroiliac injections to diagnose the condition.
Sacroiliac joint injections are typically an outpatient procedure performed under general or local anesthesia. Dr. Lewis will begin the procedure by injecting a contrasting dye into the sacroiliac joint that he can monitor with x-ray technology. This dye is used confirm the spreading of the solution within the joint and the needle placement. After the needle has been correctly placed, the diagnostic and/or treatment medication will be injected. For the diagnostic test, a local anesthetic is injected into the joint and the patient is asked to test the joint for any pain. There typically is a series of two different anesthetic injections that are done. If the pain is significantly decreased following each injection than a diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction may be confirmed. The treatment injection is an anti-inflammatory medication that is injected into the joint to help alleviate pain. Following the procedure, patients may need to be monitored for a short amount of time to make sure there are no complications.
What to Expect
Patients are typically able to return home on the same day of their injections. They should be mindful to drink plenty of water and abstain from strenuous activities for the rest of the day. Any additional aftercare instructions will be delivered by Dr. Lewis. Patients can expect to experience pain relief from the treatment injections within 3 – 5 days. The longevity of the treatment can last anywhere from several days to several months depending on the patient. Patients may receive additional injections if needed, but no more than three injections can be performed within a six-month period. In some cases, Dr. Lewis may also recommend physical therapy rehabilitation as a supplementary treatment after receiving sacroiliac joint injections.
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Sacroiliac injections are an effective treatment for diminishing the symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. This condition can be painful and uncomfortable, but thankfully Dr. Jerry Lewis can perform injections to relive the discomfort and get you back on your feet. Contact our Frisco, McKinney, or Southlake, TX office to learn more about sacroiliac joint injections for treatment and pain relief.