SI joint injections can be both Diagnostic (telling us where the pain is coming from) and therapeutic (helping to treat the pain and allowing the patient to return to activities such as physical therapy or exercise). Injections are best performed under x-ray or ultrasound guidance, depending upon whether the inner with our portion of the joint is being targeted. Typically the first step in treating SIJ pain involves using a local anesthetic or a combination of local anesthetic and steroid to reduce the pain and minimize inflammation.
What to expect after an SI Injection
Commonly performed contains a mixture of local anesthetic and a steroid medication.
The local anesthetic made after the completion of the procedure but may only last for a few hours. Temporary numbness or heaviness of an extremity may be experienced after SIJ injection, however most patients are able to stand and walk immediately after the procedure without assistance.
The steroid will usually start working within 24 to 72 hours. The pain relief and Improvement and function May last for days, weeks, or even several months after the single injection, and sometimes a series of injections may help to prolong that benefit.
Although uncommon some patients will experience an increase in their usual pain for a few days following the procedure.