Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections

Rediscover Comfort Through Precision

At the National Interventional Pain Associates of America (NIPAA), we harness the potential of Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections to diagnose and address pain originating from the SI joint, ensuring our patients move with greater ease and confidence.

Unraveling the Sacroiliac (SI) Joint

The SI joint connects the spine’s base with the pelvis, bearing the weight and transferring forces between the upper body and the legs. Because of its pivotal position, it can sometimes become a source of lower back or leg pain. Accurately diagnosing pain stemming from the SI joint is crucial for effective treatment.

Types of SI Joint Injections

To achieve utmost accuracy in determining the pain source, SI Joint Injections are performed tailored to the specific side:

  • Left SI Joint: Targeting the left side to ascertain if pain originates from this joint.
  • Right SI Joint: Focusing on the right side for the same diagnostic purpose.
  • Bilateral: When symptoms suggest both joints may be involved, bilateral injections provide a comprehensive overview.

What happens during the actual procedure?

  • You will lie on a procedure table, and the target area will be cleaned and sterilized.
  • A local anesthetic will be applied to numb the injection site.
  • Using state-of-the-art fluoroscopic equipment for guidance, the physician will carefully insert a needle into or around the facet joint.
  • Once the needle is correctly positioned, a mixture of local anesthetic, and sometimes a contrast dye, is administered into the SI joint.
  • After the injection, the needle is removed, and the injection site is covered with a small bandage.
  • Post-procedure, patients are observed briefly to monitor for any immediate reactions.

Benefits & Aftercare

Immediate pain relief from the injection indicates the SI joint as the pain source. The diagnostic clarity offers valuable insights into the subsequent treatment approach. Some post-procedure soreness might be experienced but is generally mild and transient.

Preparing for Your SI Joint Injection

  • Inform your physician about any medications you are taking.
  • Depending on your medication, you might be asked to stop certain medications a few days before the procedure.
  • Avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours prior to the procedure.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Ensure you have someone to drive you home after the procedure.

Dedicated to Your Mobility and Comfort

NIPAA is unwavering in its commitment to pinpoint and address the root cause of pain. With our Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections, we take another step towards ensuring a life of pain-free mobility for our patients.