Sacroiliac joints have cartilage covering the ends of the bones which allow them to move and be a shock absorber, but when this cartilage becomes damaged (or most typically it becomes worn out over time), the bones can rub against one another which can cause arthritis. This condition can also cause one to alter their normal pattern (such as the angle one walks in order to reduce pain) which can increase the stress on the bone. This is the most typical kind of joint problem people face especially when it comes to injuries and aging.
The sacroiliac joint injection uses anesthetic and/or a steroid. The physician injects the medicine into the sacroiliac joint. The injection serves somewhat as a numbing agent so the pain may initially go away and come back within the first 24 hours before the medication itself starts working. The steroid usually takes about two days before it actually starts working and can offer a better, more long-term pain relief.
After the procedure you will want to take it easy but the next day you can continue your everyday activities (such as driving, going to work), although strenuous activities are recommended to wait about 3 to 5 days. There are risks just like any other medical procedure which is why it is important to consult your doctor but the results from this procedure have been extremely positive. It is a relatively easy and simple procedure which can make a drastic change for one who lives with the daily torture of sacroiliac joint pain.