Sacroiliac Joint Injections in Plano TX

Sacroiliac Joint Injections Specialist in Plano, TX

Sacroiliac joint injections are primarily used to diagnose or treat low back pain and sciatica symptoms associated with dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint. If you have pain in your sacroiliac joint and are unable to determine the cause, come to Northstar Joint & Spine. Call us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 7704 San Jacinto Pl Suite #200 Plano, TX 75024.

Sacroiliac Joint Injections Specialist Near Me in Plano, TX
Sacroiliac Joint Injections Specialist Near Me in Plano, TX

Table of Contents:

What are sacroiliac joint injections?
How do sacroiliac joint injections help?
What are the benefits of sacroiliac joint injections?
Who is a candidate for sacroiliac joint injections?

The sacroiliac joint, also known as the SI joint, is a joint located between the spine and pelvis, which is responsible for supporting the spine and distributing the force of movement between the lumbar spine and hip joint. The sacroiliac joint is formed by the sacrum, the ilium (the small rounded bone at the upper end of the hip), and the pubis, which is the hip bone that forms the pubic arch. It is connected via the sacroiliac ligaments to the adjacent vertebra and is also surrounded by the sacroiliac fascia. The SI joint is the largest joint in the body and is involved in the movements of standing, walking, and running.

What are sacroiliac joint injections?

A sacroiliac (SI) joint injection—also called a sacroiliac joint block—is a type of injection that administers medication to an injured, damaged or otherwise painful sacroiliac joint. The sacroiliac joint is the large joint that connects the sacrum and ilium bones of the pelvis. SI injections are primarily used to diagnose or treat low back pain and sciatica symptoms associated with dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint.

How do sacroiliac joint injections help?

Sacroiliac joint injections help in two main ways: in diagnosing the source of a patient’s pain, and in providing therapeutic relief for the pain. Although the two are often combined into one injection, in some cases these are separate and a patient will undergo a purely therapeutic or diagnostic injection.

• Diagnostic — A diagnostic SI joint injection is used to confirm a suspected case of sacroiliac joint dysfunction by numbing the sacroiliac joint with a local anesthetic such as lidocaine. To ensure the injection is accurate, it is performed under fluoroscopy (x-ray guidance). Once the needle has entered the sacroiliac joint, a special dye is injected into the joint to provide contrast and to ensure proper needle placement and spread of medication. After the location of the injection is confirmed accurately, the numbing medication is then administered into the joint.

• Therapeutic — A therapeutic SI joint injection is performed to provide relief of pain associated with dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint. The injection is performed using the same technique as a diagnostic SI joint injection, but an anti-inflammatory medication (corticosteroid) is included in the injection; this provides pain relief by reducing inflammation and swelling within the SI joint.

What are the benefits of sacroiliac joint injections?

There are many benefits that sacroiliac joint injections provide, including the following:

• Diagnose the Source of Pain — Injecting a local anesthetic can help pinpoint if the pain starts in the sacroiliac joint, allowing an accurate treatment plan to be developed.

• Help Reduce Pain — Injecting a corticosteroid in the SI joint may help reduce pain and can provide long-term relief in some cases.

• Minimally Invasive Procedure — Sacroiliac joint injections are non-surgical and do not come with long recovery times or dangerous risks of surgery, sometimes providing patients a better alternative to surgery.

Who is a candidate for sacroiliac joint injections?

Candidates for sacroiliac joint injections include those who:

• Have not found relief from other treatments
• Have pain in the SI joint
• Are in good overall health
• Are not allergic to the medications used in the injections
• Have limited mobility or range of motion
• Have realistic expectations about the procedure

The best way to determine candidacy for sacroiliac joint injections is to receive a consultation from a qualified pain management specialist.

Call us today to book an appointment for sacroiliac joint injections, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 7704 San Jacinto Place, Suite #200, Plano, TX 75024. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Plano TX, McKinney TX, Richardson TX, Frisco TX, Allen TX, Addison TX, and Carrollton TX.