The benefit of this procedure is to reduce inflammation, help confirm the SI Joint as the source of pain, and better allow rehab to treat the joint.
How Is This Procedure Done?
You will receive a local anesthetic before a small spinal needle is inserted under ultrasound guidance or fluoroscopy into the SI joint. The Procedure takes approximately 15 minutes.
Does The Procedure Hurt?
Because the procedure is done under local anesthesia, you should not experience much discomfort.
What Should You Expect After The Procedure?
The local anesthetic may completely eliminate your pain for a few hours. However, the pain may return and you may have sore buttocks for a day or two. Within three to five days, you should start noticing significant pain relief, which may last up to many months.
What Should You Do After The Procedure?
If you have some soreness, you may apply ice hourly for 15-20 minutes at a time for the first 48 hours. Twelve hours after the procedure, you can perform normal activities as long as they are not uncomfortable. Barring complications, you should be able to return to work the day after the procedure.