Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections
Understanding the Sacroiliac Joint Injection Procedure
Under fluoroscopy (x-ray guidance machine) , a small amount of material is injected to distend, or expand, the sacroiliac joint capsule. You will be asked to identify if this has reproduced discomfort similar to your own. Subsequently, an anesthetic agent is given to temporarily block the pain. If ordered by your doctor, a long acting steroid pain reliever may also be administered.
Remember, it is important for you to come to the appointment with your typical pain. We ask that you do not take any pain medication after midnight the night before the injection.
Sacroiliac Injection Recovery
Sacroiliac Injections Risks
Like all injections, there is a very small risk of bleeding, infection or allergic reaction. You will be asked to report any allergies at the time your injection is scheduled. This information is necessary for your doctor to know in advance. Substitutions or modifications to the medications may be necessary.
The steroid medication can cause a temporary increase in blood sugar levels. If you are diabetic, you'll need to monitor your glucose levels more frequently for 4-5 days following the injection.
On rare occasions, there may be other complications. If you have concerns, you should discuss them with your doctor. You may call (404) 778-7000 if you have any questions.