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Recovery Time after SI Joint Block

Natosha425NNatosha425 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:57 AM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
I've had 3 epidural injections done over the past year and am now moving on to a joint block which will be followed by burning the nerve. After my injections I was told I could not run for 2 weeks. Does anyone know how long I have to wait to run after an SI block? It would be long runs, 4-8 miles, 4 days a week.




  • PS…you replied to my SI post, then I saw this. I've never heard of the "nerve burning" before; what does it entail?
  • Radiofrequency ablation of the sij is a treatment that involves heating nerve ending to the sacroilaic joint. There are typically 4 main nerve endings that need to heated. 1. L5 medial branch 2. S1 lateral branch 3. S2 lateral branch 4. S3 lateral branch

    You should have a 2 diagnostic sacroilaic joint injections under xray guidance demonstrating at least a 75 to 80 percent reduction of your typical symptoms with activities that typically increase your pain on separate occasions. If this achieved and your insurance company reimburses this procedure then it worth considering. Hope this helps
    Amish R Patel DO, MPH
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  • Hey Natosha, I just had mine done yesterday (in conjunction with a cortisone shot on the other side, l5-s1).

    It feels like a miracle. Wiped out so much pain, including the referred leg pain that I thought was sciatica.

    The only thing is, the injection site hurts like a mofo. My lower back hurts as if I was socked with a baseball bat. And there's some residual pressure.

    As someone who has been obsessed with running, training in every conceivable condition for the past 10 years, let me tell you this: no matter how much you think you should run, chill out and let the treatment take its course. I'm still working on the being patient thing myself, but it's so much better to take time out to make sure you heal properly than it is to keep on running. It will minimize your time away from running, in the long run.

    Good luck, and keep us posted!
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