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SI Block -- recovery time, aftercare, what's next?

LA_runner_chickLLA_runner_chick Posts: 91
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
Ugh, my doctor is chronically uncommunicative, and I'm scheduled for an SI block tomorrow. What are you supposed to do/not do, for how long? If it works, how quickly do you feel relief? Any insight will be appreciated!


  • I had SI both sides done and a hip injection but I get an epidural and facet joint injections the same time and I always iced afterwards and took it easy for 3 days afterwards. It helped a little bit for me and lasts for a few weeks or so but everyone has a longer or shorter relief from it. Hope it goes well tomorrow and helps your pain. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • After a sacroiliac joint injection under xray guidance you should notice sustained relief within 72 hours. Typically I am looking for an initial 40 to 50 percent reduction of there typical symptoms at 14 days post injection before deciding if an additional ijnection is necessary verse a pelvic stabilization program with a therapist. However if you dont notice any sustained changes at 14 days then before having any additonal sij injections you may want a diagnostic sij injection under xray guidance to see if 75 to 80 percent of your painful symptoms in a particular area is dissipated with the anesthetic only. If positive then I would have repeated again for consistency of results. Postinjection soreness after injections can last for 1-3 days. Hope this helps
    Amish R Patel DO, MPH
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