Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) Injections

SIJ injections are performed under x-ray guidance in our day procedure facility with an anaesthetist providing light sedation.  A small needle is inserted into the sacroiliac joint to deliver a dose of local anaesthetic and steroid medication.

You may be asked to keep a “pain diary” record of your response to the injections for several hours to compare to your usual level of pain.

You may experience an immediate, but short-lived  improvement in symptoms as a result of the local anaesthetic, but the pain relieving effect of the steroid medication will develop more gradually and may last for up to 3-6 months.

SIJ injections can not only provide relief of pain for several months, it provides vital diagnostic information that can lead on to longer lasting therapies for sacroiliac joint pain.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Northern Pain Centre can facilitate you obtaining a second opinion. Please discuss this with us.