The role of Sacroiliac Joint Injections is to reduce symptoms of severe lower back pain or joint dysfunction. These joints connect the spine to the pelvis – if there is swelling or inflammation in these regions then pain can be excruciating.
They work by providing relief to people who are experiencing joint dysfunction. If there is an excess amount of movement in the sacroiliac joints, this can set off chronic back and leg pain.
The injection is a mix of anesthetic (this will provide instant pain relief) and anti-inflammatory medication (to help the pain over a long period of time). Some people report that symptoms of pain can be stopped for 6 months and some people say pain relief lasts a year. Each person reacts differently to the procedure.
Minor side effects after the procedure can include numbness of the legs, however, this shouldn’t last any longer than a couple of hours – in some people, it can last for up to 24 hours.
Other minor side effects that are common is a slight pain where the injection was inserted – this again shouldn’t last longer than a day.
There are some people who experience side effects such as an allergic reaction to the medication used however this is very rare as a consultation with a doctor is required before the operation takes place.