Suppose damage or degeneration of your sacroiliac joint is causing you chronic low back pain. In that case, the board-certified physicians at Commonwealth Pain & Spine offer innovative solutions to diagnose and treat lower back pain caused by sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Call the office nearest you today to determine if sacroiliac joint injections are right for you. Commonwealth Pain & Spine has locations across Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.
A sacroiliac joint injection is both a diagnostic procedure and a treatment for chronic low back pain and sciatica. Your sacroiliac joint connects the bottom part of your spine with each of your hip bones.
When these joints wear down with age or due to injury, you can experience chronic inflammation and pain that makes it difficult to stay mobile.
To ease pain not treatable with medications or physical therapy, your physician can recommend a sacroiliac joint injection to directly address the root cause of your pain.
If your physician is using the injection as a diagnostic tool, they use a needle to deliver anesthetic medication into the sacroiliac joint. To ensure the accuracy of the injection, they rely on fluoroscopy, a real-time X-ray technology, that allows them to see exactly where to place the needle.
Following the injection, your physician might ask you to perform certain movements to replicate the pain you usually have in your lower back. If your pain is lessened, they can determine the best treatment for your sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which can include another injection.
When the team at Commonwealth Pain & Spine uses a sacroiliac joint injection for treating chronic pain, they can include a corticosteroid with the anesthetic to reduce joint inflammation and help you get the best possible pain relief.
Some people enjoy long-lasting relief of chronic lower back pain after the initial sacroiliac joint injection. If this is the case with you, your physician may recommend physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support the sacroiliac joint.
If the pain in your lower back returns, you could be a good candidate for additional joint injections. Your physician at Commonwealth Pain & Spine can determine how many injections you can safely receive over the course of a year to manage your pain based on your medical history.
If chronic lower back pain interferes with your ability to work and stay active, schedule a consultation with the team at Commonwealth Pain & Spine to discuss the benefits of sacroiliac joint injections. Call the office nearest you today.