Sacroiliac Joint Injection

A sacroiliac joint injection is performed to determine whether your pain is coming from the sacroiliac joint within your pelvis.


A local anesthetic and a steroid are injected into the joint. If the local anesthetic takes away your pain, then prolonged pain relief may be experienced with the steroid. The pain relief will hopefully allow you to tolerate a specific exercise therapy needed to correct your condition.


After the procedure, you may experience pain relief for a short time. Your pain may come back as the numbing medication wears off.


If steroids are administered, it may take three to four days for the steroids to begin working and up to two weeks for the full therapeutic effect. The duration of pain relief from the steroid is variable with each person and is not predictable.


Please inform us if you are taking any blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medication or have any bleeding tendencies. Do not take pain medications or use pain patches four hours prior to the injection so that a true determination can be made about the effectiveness of the injection. You are to bring a driver to your procedure.


Description of the Procedure


The skin overlying the area is prepared with a cleansing solution. The skin is numbed with a local anesthetic. X-ray guidance is used to guide needle placement. Once the needle is in place a numbing medication and possibly a steroid are injected.




The procedure may help determine whether your pain is coming from the sacroiliac joint. There may be a reduction of your pain.


Potential Risks


  • Infection
  • bleeding
  • bruising
  • allergic reaction
  • increased pain
  • paralysis
  • stroke or death
  • increase in blood sugar
  • internal vessel/organ puncture


Notify our office for:


  • Fever
  • chills
  • temperature over 100 degrees
  • vomiting
  • persistent stiff neck
  • severe headache
  • progressive weakness
  • numbness
  • hives or trouble breathing
  • rash
  • itchiness
  • red or flushed face
  • loss of bowel or bladder control
  • any redness
  • swelling or drainage at the site of the injection


Our office phone number is (317) 471-1400 or 1-855-664-3636.