If you have back or spine pain you don’t have to suffer. Throughout our website and in several posts here on our blog we talk about pain management options that we offer to our patients. An experienced spine care doctor will work with you to find and treat your spine and back pain problems. If you have pain, call us and let’s start working toward a solution. One treatment option that we have available is known as the sacroiliac joint block.
What is a Sacroiliac Joint Block?
Many pain management therapies for back and spine pain involve injections and the sacroiliac joint block is no different. These injections are used to both treat pain and find and diagnose the source of lower back pain. Sacroiliac joint blocks are especially useful in treating pain associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction which is a problem involving the joint that connects the bottom of your spine to your hip.
How is the Procedure Completed?
A sacroiliac joint block is a relatively simple procedure that can be completed in about 10 to 15 minutes in our offices. We will use a live x-ray machine known as a fluoroscope to guide an injection needle to the correct injection site. Then your doctor will inject the treatment medications which generally consist of lidocaine to numb the pain and a steroid to reduce inflammation. After the injection you will need to recover for at least 10 minutes while a nurse discusses discharge and home care after the procedure with you. A sacroiliac joint block procedure generally involves a series of 3 injections administered on 3 separate office visits.
What Are the Risks Associated with this Procedure?
Every procedure carries some level of risk, but in general the risks associated with this procedure are minimal. Your doctor will happily discuss the risks and benefits with you if you ask. There is a risk of swelling or bruising at the injection site and a small risk of infection. Some people notice an increase or change in their pain shortly after the procedure, but this should diminish over time. There is also a very slight risk that the needle will enter the dural sac causing a spinal headache. We take steps to reduce your risks and to ensure the optimal treatment outcome.
How Can I Prepare?
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing when you come in for a sacroiliac joint block procedure. You won’t be able to drive home, so arrange for a ride before you come in. Keep taking your regular medications, but avoid any other food or drink for 4 hours before your injection. If you have any other questions give us a call. We are happy to help.
Here at the Spine Institute Northwest we utilize some of the most effective back and spine pain treatment methods to help our patients feel better and achieve the quality of life that they desire. If you have back pain contact us and see if a sacroiliac joint block could be an effective choice for managing your pain.