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Sacroiliac Joint Injections

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Your sacroiliac joints connect your sacrum — the joint at the bottom of your spine — to your pelvis. If the bones of this joint move too much or too little, it can cause swelling and pain in the joint.

The University of Miami Health System interventional radiologists are experts at performing sacroiliac joint injections to reduce swelling and relieve lower back pain.

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Who is a Candidate?

Your doctor may recommend sacroiliac joint injections if you experience lower back pain that isn’t relieved by medicines or physical therapy.

What to Expect

Your interventional radiologist may tell you not to eat or take certain medicines, like aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), before your procedure. Always tell your doctor what medicines you’re taking, including vitamins or herbs.

For this 10-minute procedure, you lie on your stomach on a table. Your interventional radiologist will numb the injection area with a local anesthetic so you won’t feel pain.

Once the area is numb, your doctor uses X-rays or computed tomography (CT) to find the inflamed area. They guide a needle into the area and inject a combination of anesthetic and steroid medicines to relieve swelling and pain.

Your doctor then removes the needle and puts a bandage on the injection site. Typically, you can go home a few hours after the procedure (outpatient procedure) and resume your normal activities the next day. Your pain may improve for the next 48 hours and stay away for a few weeks or a few months.
If your pain returns, you may be able to repeat the injection.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.