Sacroiliac Joint (SI Joint) Injections

A sacroiliac injection is a corticosteroid shot used to relieve pain in the lower back and legs caused by sacroiliitis. It can also help improve range of motion.

Sacroiliitis is an inflammation of the sacroiliac joints, which connect the lower spine to the pelvis. This condition can cause pain and stiffness in the lower back and legs.

A sacroiliac injection is usually given as a series of three shots, given one week apart. Each shot contains a corticosteroid and an anesthetic. The corticosteroid helps reduce inflammation, while the anesthetic provides temporary pain relief.

Sacroiliac injections are generally safe, but there are some risks associated with the procedure. These include bleeding, infection, and nerve damage.

If you have sacroiliitis and are looking for relief from your symptoms, talk to your doctor about whether a sacroiliac injection might be right for you.

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  • A medical joint injection can alleviate pain.
  • A CHRISTUS Health doctor will create an individualized treatment plan that will help you have more mobility and recover more quickly.
  • To see if you qualify for an injection, you may schedule a virtual appointment or see a CHRISTUS Health doctor near you.

What are the Symptoms of Sacroiliitis?

The most common symptom of sacroiliitis is pain in the lower back and buttocks. This pain may radiate down the legs. Other symptoms include:

  • Stiffness in the lower back
  • Difficulty moving the hips or legs
  • Pain when sitting for long periods of time
  • Pain when standing up from a seated position
  • Pain when climbing stairs

Sacroiliitis is usually caused by inflammation of the sacroiliac joints. This inflammation can be due to arthritis, injury, or infection. The exact cause of sacroiliitis is often unknown.

A diagnosis of sacroiliitis is usually made based on a person’s symptoms and medical history. Imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs, may also be used to rule out other conditions that cause similar symptoms.

Treatment for sacroiliitis typically involves a combination of pain relief, physical therapy, and exercise. In some cases, steroid injections or surgery may be necessary.

If you have sacroiliitis, talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for you.

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CHRISTUS Health doctors can help you come up with the best treatment plan to combat painful, sore joints. Physical therapy and therapeutic joint injections are often used for a individualized treatment plan. Call CHRISTUS Health now to schedule an appointment with a specialist.