The Sacroiliac joint is where the sacroiliac (base of the spine) connects to the pelvis. This joint can become swollen or damaged from overuse, arthritis, or trauma. This condition is called sacroiliac joint dysfunction or sacroiliac joint disease and can be the source of low back pain, hip pain, and leg pain. There are other conditions that could mimic Sacroiliac joint pain and your doctor will be able to diagnose this from examination and diagnostic tests.
The procedure involves the insertion of a thin needle to guided under fluoroscopy (x-ray) for accuracy of placement. A mixture of anesthetic and steroid is injected into the joint. The procedure is minimally invasive requiring only a small band aid as a bandage and can be performed with or without sedation. Some people feel immediate relief and most obtain substantial pain relief after 12-24 hours.