What is a Sacroiliac Injection?

Published on: July 25, 2015

The sacroiliac joints are the large joints that are attached to spine in the lower back, which can become inflamed causing pain in the lower back and hip region. While there are many options for treating sacroiliac pain issues, many patients want to pursue non-invasive options versus surgery or other invasive treatments. One option for treating sacroiliac joint pain is sacroiliac injections. These injections into the sacroiliac joints can be used both to diagnose and treat pain in the lower back or hip region.

Diagnostic Sacroiliac Injections

If the source of the lower back or hip pain is unclear, a sacroiliac injection can help diagnose the source. By injecting a pain relief agent into the joint or joints, it can be determined whether that is the origination spot of the pain. If the pain subsides with the injection, then treatment can be pursued for eliminating the pain in those joints. If the pain does not subside, it can be deduced that there may be other problems causing the pain.

Treating Sacroiliac Joint Pain

For those who have been diagnosed with inflammation in the sacroiliac joint that is causing them lower back, hip or sciatica pain, sacroiliac joint injections are a non-invasive treatment option. In many cases, anti-inflammatory agents such as cortisone can be injected into the joint to reduce inflammation and relieve the pain permanently. For others, the injections may give temporary relief until another more permanent treatment can be performed.

Sacroiliac injections should only be administered by medically licensed spine physicians that are trained in diagnosing and treating spine and back problems. To learn more about sacroiliac injections, contact your local spine health clinic.

Posted on behalf of:
Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians
5730 Glenridge Drive Northeast #230
Atlanta, GA 30328

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