Sacroiliac Joint Injections Houston
Are you looking for a board-certified pain management specialist offering joint injections in the Houston area? Dr. Brett Warfield is a respected anesthesiologist and interventional pain management doctor serving Houston, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, and the surrounding area who performs Sacroiliac joint steroid injections to treat pain and confirm a diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Contact Texas Intergrative Pain Institute today to learn more about joint injections and how they can benefit you as part of an individually tailored treatment plan.
What Are Facet Joint Injections
Sacroiliac-joint steroid injections help diagnose and relieve lower-back pain caused by problems with one or both sacroiliac joints, which connect the spine’s base (sacrum) to the pelvis’s ilium bones. If one or both of the sacroiliac joints is inflamed (sacroiliac-joint dysfunction), a patient can experience pain in the buttocks and lower back that worsens when running or standing. Sacroiliac-joint dysfunction can be caused by osteoarthritis, traumatic injury, pregnancy, inflammatory joint disease, or underlying structural abnormalities.
Reasons For Sacroiliac-Joint Steroid Injections
A sacroiliac-joint steroid injection is used to confirm a diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction, more commonly known as SI joint dysfunction. Sacroiliac joint (SI) dysfunction is a condition that results from the flawed movement of either one or both of two small, firm joints at the base of the spine. Typically, the sacroiliac joints have a very small range of motion, providing stability when, for example, a person is walking. They also absorb impact and serve the critical role of transferring the upper body’s weight to the lower body. An irritated SI joint can lead to inflammation in the joint, a condition known as sacroiliitis. With sacroiliac joint steroid injections, patients receive a local anesthetic, and steroid medication administered through the injection reduces their swelling and provides maximum pain relief for several months. As with other spinal blocks, a sacroiliac-joint injection can be repeated up to three times a year.
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SI Joint Injection Process
The procedure, which takes less than half an hour, is performed using imaging guidance and a contrast dye to ensure the injection is placed in the correct spot. The patient lies face down on a surgical table, and the skin on the lower back is cleansed with an antiseptic solution. A local anesthetic is given to reduce discomfort from the injection, which contains steroid medication, saline solution, and anesthetic. The injection site is covered with a small bandage when the procedure is complete The anesthetic in the injection provides immediate pain relief, and the steroid medication reduces inflammation within 24 to 48 hours.
Recovery From Sacroiliac-Joint Steroid Injections
In some cases, the anesthetic affects a patient’s legs, causing numbness or weakness that can make walking difficult until the anesthetic wears off. Injection-site tenderness and swelling can occur, but they are usually mild and can be minimized by applying ice. Normal activities can be resumed the next day. Only moderate exercise is allowed, but it can be increased in duration and intensity during the following 1 to 2 weeks.
Risks Of Sacroiliac-Joint Steroid Injections
Ultrasound-guided injection of the SI joints has been demonstrated to have a high success rate of up to 90%. However, there are some risks you should be made aware of, as with most procedures; there is a remote risk of bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction to the medications used. Additional short-term effects may occur. You may have some temporary numbness or weakness in your legs caused by the local anesthetic (numbing medicine). If this interferes with your ability to walk safely, you must remain at Pain Management Clinic in Houston until they subsidize. Usually, this only takes a few hours. You may have increased pain for a few days after the injection, including localized pain at the injection site. Diabetics may have short-term elevation of blood sugars due to steroid medication.
Contact Us For SI Joint Injetions -Houston
If you feel like your sacroiliac joints are bothering you, we can help you. At TIPI Pain Management with Dr. Brett Warfield, MD, we have a litany of positive reviews and ratings that testify to the level of care we provide. We can work with you to address issues with your sacroiliac joints, improving your recovery. We have unparalleled experience treating this condition and can use it to help you. Please call us today in Houston, The Woodlands, and
Dr. Brett Warfield is board-certified in anesthesiologist and interventional pain management. He has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. He is committed to alleviating your pain and restoring your well-being faster & without surgery. Contact TIPI Pain Management in Houston to schedule your consultation today.
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