Sacroiliac Joint Injection

Sacroiliac Joint Injection services offered in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Stockbridge, Newnan, GA

A sacroiliac joint injection can decrease inflammation and pain in your buttocks, lower back, and legs. At Pain Consultants of Atlanta, the team of dedicated pain management experts takes sacroiliac joint pain seriously. They provide proven minimally invasive treatments to help you move freely without constant pain. There are four offices located in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Stockbridge and Newnan, Georgia, so call the nearest one or book your consultation using online scheduling today.

What is a sacroiliac (SI) joint injection?

A sacroiliac joint injection delivers anesthetic and steroid medications into the sacroiliac joints, the joints that connect the spine and hip bones. This injection can minimize inflammation and pain within the sacroiliac joints.

Why are sacroiliac joint injections needed? 

The SI joints bear the weight of your upper body, absorb shock, and transfer pressure to the lower body as you walk and stand. But, many injuries and chronic conditions can disrupt normal sacroiliac joint function, such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament loosening during pregnancy, causing joint instability
  • Traumatic injury in the hip area, like pelvic ring fractures
  • Indirect impact from auto accidents, which can strain the joints
  • Repetitive injuries, like damage from high-impact exercise
  • Systemic inflammatory conditions
  • Connective tissue disorders, such as enthesopathy
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Scoliosis
  • Infections

If the Pain Consultants of Atlanta team suspects the sacroiliac joints as the cause of your pain, they may recommend sacroiliac joint injections to diagnose and treat it.

I have low back pain. Is it my sacroiliac joints?

SI joint pain can occur in the lower back, buttocks, hips, groin, and legs. The sacroiliac joints are responsible for up to 3 out of 10 cases of low back pain. 

If you have chronic aching and pain in the lower part of your back, around the hip area, sacroiliac joint pain could be the problem. Many people with sacroiliac joint problems experience increased pain when sitting or standing for long periods, climbing stairs, rising from a sitting position, and running.

What can I expect after my sacroiliac joint injection?

If you have a diagnostic-only injection, you’ll only receive an anesthetic, typically lasting from a few hours to a day. You won’t have any lasting pain relief from a diagnostic injection. If two different diagnostic injections provide 80% or better pain relief, you’re usually diagnosed with sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

You’ll also receive a slow-acting steroid if you have a treatment-focused injection. The steroid usually starts working in two or three days, although it could take longer. Relief can last from weeks to months. 

You may have some temporary leg weakness or numbness with diagnostic and treatment injections.  

What if sacroiliac joint injections aren’t successful for me? 

If injections aren’t successful, a procedure like SI joint fusion may be a good treatment option. This minimally invasive surgery stabilizes loose sacroiliac joints, prevents excessive movement, and stops your pain. 

Call Pain Consultants of Atlanta or book your appointment online today.