SI joint injection involves injecting a small amount of anesthetic medication into the SI joint under fluoroscopic guidance to provide pain relief and diagnose the source of the patient’s pain. If the pain is temporarily relieved after the injection, this can indicate that the SI joint is the source of the pain.
RF ablation of the SI joint involves using heat generated by a special needle to destroy the nerves that transmit pain signals from the SI joint. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and the hand is guided to the affected area using imaging technology such as fluoroscopy. The heat generated by the needle damages the nerves, which can reduce or eliminate chronic low back pain caused by SI joint dysfunction.
In addition to the above benefits, a unique approach to treating SI joint dysfunction is that the treatment is specific to the patient’s needs. Every patient is different, and the cause of SI joint dysfunction can vary from person to person. Patients can receive targeted and effective pain relief by identifying the specific source of the pain using SI joint injection and customizing treatment with RF ablation.
If you suffer from chronic low back pain caused by SI joint dysfunction, SI joint injection and RF ablation may be good options. They are safe and effective procedures that can significantly relieve your symptoms and help you return to your regular activities faster than traditional open surgeries. Tell Doctor Nasiek whether SI joint injection and RF ablation are proper for you.