Sacroiliac Joint Injections in Frisco, TX
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Treating Sacroiliac Joints
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 and his team provide sacroiliac joint injections as a way to both diagnose sacroiliac joint dysfunction and relieve the pain that is associated with it.
What Are the Benefits of Sacroiliac Joint Injections?
Discover the relief of Sacroiliac Joint Injections at Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine. This treatment provides the following benefits in Frisco, TX:
- Immediate Pain Relief: The injections swiftly alleviate sacroiliac joint discomfort.
- Non-Surgical Solution: An excellent non-invasive alternative to surgery.
- Improve Mobility: Experience improved movement and flexibility.
- Personalized Care: Dr. Lewis tailors treatment to individual patient needs.
Common Symptoms & Candidacy Options
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
- Unstable mobility of the joints
- Pain that worsens when applying pressure to the joint
How Sacroiliac Joint Injections Work
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 will monitor with x-ray technology. This dye is used to spread the solution within the joint and needle placement. After the needle has been correctly placed, the diagnostic and/or treatment medication will be injected.
The treatment injection is an anti-inflammatory medication that is injected into the joint to help alleviate pain.
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, then a diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction may be confirmed.
What to Expect Post-Procedure
Following the procedure, patients may need to be monitored for a short amount of time to make sure there are no complications. Patients are typically able to return home on the same day as their injections. Other recommendations and things to know for at-home care include:
- Be mindful of drinking plenty of water.
- Abstain from strenuous activities for the rest of the day.
- Expect to experience pain relief from the treatment 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 relieve the discomfort and get you back on your feet.
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Sacroiliac Joint Injections FAQs
What are sacroiliac joint injections?
Sacroiliac joint injections are a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat pain in the sacroiliac joints. The sacroiliac joints are located in the lower back and connect the sacrum (the triangular bone at the base of the spine) to the iliac bones (the large bones on either side of the pelvis). These joints can become a source of pain due to various conditions such as arthritis, injury, or inflammation.
During a sacroiliac joint injection, a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid medication are injected into the sacroiliac joint to provide pain relief. The anesthetic provides immediate pain relief, while the corticosteroid reduces inflammation and provides longer-term relief. The injection is usually performed under fluoroscopy (a type of X-ray guidance) to ensure accurate needle placement.
How are sacroiliac joint injections performed?
Sacroiliac joint injections are typically performed in an outpatient setting, such as a clinic or a specialized pain management center. Here's an overview of the procedure:
- Preparation: The patient lies face down on an examination table, and the skin around the injection site is cleaned and sterilized.
- Anesthesia: A local anesthetic is used to numb the skin and tissues overlying the sacroiliac joint. This helps minimize discomfort during the injection.
- Needle placement: Using fluoroscopy for guidance, the physician inserts a thin needle into the sacroiliac joint. The fluoroscope provides real-time X-ray images to ensure accurate needle placement.
- Contrast dye injection (optional): In some cases, a small amount of contrast dye may be injected to confirm the needle's correct position within the joint.
- Medication injection: Once the needle is properly positioned, a mixture of a local anesthetic (such as lidocaine) and a corticosteroid medication (such as triamcinolone) is injected into the joint.
- Post-injection observation: After the injection, the patient is monitored for a short period to ensure there are no immediate complications or adverse reactions.
- The entire procedure usually takes around 15 to 30 minutes. Some patients may experience immediate pain relief due to the anesthetic, while the corticosteroid typically takes a few days to reach its maximum effect.
What conditions can be treated with sacroiliac joint injections?
Sacroiliac joint injections can be used to both diagnose and treat certain conditions that cause pain in the sacroiliac joints. These conditions may include:
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction: This refers to abnormal movement or misalignment of the sacroiliac joint, leading to pain and inflammation.
- Sacroiliitis: Inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, often caused by conditions like ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, or reactive arthritis.
- Arthritis: Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis affecting the sacroiliac joints can cause pain and stiffness.
- Traumatic injury: Direct trauma or repetitive stress to the sacroiliac joints can result in pain and dysfunction.
By injecting an anesthetic and corticosteroid into the sacroiliac joint, the physician can confirm whether the joint is the source of pain and provide temporary or long-term relief, depending on the response to the injection.
It's important to note that sacroiliac joint injections are not always a definitive solution for chronic pain, and the effectiveness of the procedure may vary from person to person. It's recommended to consult with a qualified healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options.