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Can an injection help diagnose sacroiliac (SI) joint pain?

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The surest way for a doctor to know if you have SI joint dysfunction is through an injection of numbing medicine into your joint. An X-ray or ultrasound guides the doctor to where to put the needle in. If the pain goes away after the shot, you know the joint is the problem. It’s slightly riskier than other tests, so doctors usually do it only if the cause still isn’t clear after other tests.

From: Diagnosis for Sacroiliac Joint Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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Uptodate: "Musculoskeletal examination of the hip and groin."

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Uptodate: "Evaluation of low back pain in adults.”

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Steven P. Cohen, professor of anesthesiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore; director, pain research, Walter Reed Hospital, Bethesda, MD.

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Pain Physician : "Ultrasound-guided sacroiliac joint injection technique."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Cohen, S. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, published online Jan. 9, 2014.

Uptodate: "Musculoskeletal examination of the hip and groin."

UCLA: "Sacroiliac Joint Disease."

Tuite, Michael J. Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology, 2008.

Uptodate: "Evaluation of low back pain in adults.”

Laslett, M. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 2008.

Steven P. Cohen, professor of anesthesiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore; director, pain research, Walter Reed Hospital, Bethesda, MD.

Medscape: “Sacroiliac Injection” and “Sacroiliac Joint Injury Workup.”

Pain Physician : "Ultrasound-guided sacroiliac joint injection technique."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 17, 2017

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