Sacral Iliac Joint Injection

Information for Patients

The sacral iliac joint is often a cause of lower back pain and buttock pain. This procedure involves the injection of local anaesthetic and steroid into sacroiliac joint.

On average most patients get three to nine months relief of pain with most patients getting on average six months of relief. Some patients however get minimal relief from the procedure.

This procedure is performed as a day patient. You will be prepared for theatre and placed in a theatre gown. Once you are on the operating table, the anaesthetist will place a cannulae in your arm and sedative drugs will be administered.

The procedure is performed under sterile conditions.


Before your procedure

  • Have nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours prior to the procedure
  • Arrange for an adult to escort you home by car
  • Please notify your doctor if you are taking any blood thinning medications

Following your procedure

  • You will usually be discharged after two – three hours
  • Do not drive or operate machinery
  • You will have minor bruising and pain around the injection site
  • Please make an appointment to see me 2 – 4  weeks following the procedure

Complications of Sacral Iliac Joint Injections

  • Pain and bruising over the injection site
  • Potential risk of nerve and spinal cord injury
  • Potential risk of introduction of infection
  • Bleeding into the spinal area