A sacroiliac joint injection is an injection of local anesthetic and a medication into the sacroiliac joint. Due to the numbing medicine used during this procedure, you may experience temporary pain relief afterwards that may last several hours. Once the numbing medicine wears off, however, your pain will most likely return. The medication may give longer lasting pain relief and usually begins working after 24-48 hours.


  • What is the Sacroiliac Joint Injection Treatment Like?

    The first step of the sacroiliac joint injection treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Once the skin is numbed, an injection will be administered into the sacroiliac joint. You will need to have someone drive you home after the procedure, but you will be able to resume most normal activities immediately following your appointment. Any soreness or bruising from the injection process should fade in a few days.

  • What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Sacroiliac Joint Injections?

    Your pain may be improved immediately after the injection from the local anesthetic. Once the numbing medicine wears off, your pain may return. It is possible that you will have some soreness at the injection site and your pain may worsen for a day or two after the procedure. The medication takes 2-3 days to start having an effect in most people. Using an ice pack applied three or four times a day can help alleviate the discomfort at the injection site. You may take your usual pain medication after the injection. After your sacroiliac joint injection treatment, you will notice instant relief due to the local anesthetic injected during treatment. Although this will fade within a few hours, the medication should take effect in a few days. At this point, you can expect pain relief that lasts much longer, from anywhere between a few weeks and several months. The duration of the results will vary by patient, but we can help you determine the kind of results you can expect during your initial visit.

If you are struggling with pain in the lower back or buttocks, you may be a good candidate for sacroiliac joint injections. To learn more about this treatment or to schedule your initial appointment, contact us today.

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