Sacroiliac joint injections
The bottom of your spine is connected to your pelvis at the sacroiliac joint. This joint helps distribute weight between your upper body and legs. When a condition like arthritis or a traumatic injury causes damage to the cartilage in this joint, you may feel a lot of pain in your pelvis.
Treatments for sacroiliac pain may include medication or physical therapy. However, some people require more for successful treatment. In these cases, sacroiliac joint injections may be the best treatment option.
What are sacroiliac joint injections?Sacroiliac joint injections help people with back pain in two different ways:
- They reduce pain — Besides helping you feel better, reducing pain is beneficial for diagnosing the cause of the pain itself. If you’re still experiencing pain after the recovery period following your sacroiliac joint injection, your pain is related to something besides epidural shrinking.
- They reduce inflammation — The injections include corticosteroids, which are released at a controlled rate over time to reduce and prevent inflammation.
Are sacroiliac joint injections safe?Generally, sacroiliac joint injections are considered safe. They do not involve the use of incisions, which lowers the chances of infection or blood loss. However, as with any procedure, there is a small possibility of certain complications. Although rare, complications during sacroiliac joint injections may include:
- Allergic reaction
- Blood loss
- Nerve damage