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How long does it takes for the side effects of steroid shots for sacroiliac (SI) joint pain to go away?

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Side effects usually go away in a few days.

Many people get relief after the injection, but the pain often comes back. Your doctor will likely wait 2 to 4 months before she gives you another one.

If the pain keeps coming back for a few years, you might need surgery to fix it.

From: Treatments to Bring SI Joint Pain Relief WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

UCLA Health: "Sacroiliac Joint Disease."

Medscape: "Sacroiliac Joint Medication", "Sacroiliac Joint Injury Treatment & Management."

Harvard Medical School: "12 Things You Should Know About Common Pain Relievers."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Drug Record: Muscle Relaxant Drugs."

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health: "Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction."

University of New Mexico Pain Center: "Sacroiliac Joint."

Baxter Regional Medical Center: "Sacroiliac Joint Injection."

University of Pittsburgh Department of Radiology: "Sacroiliac Joint Injection."

Cleveland Clinic: “Sacroiliac Joint Injection.”

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

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

UCLA Health: "Sacroiliac Joint Disease."

Medscape: "Sacroiliac Joint Medication", "Sacroiliac Joint Injury Treatment & Management."

Harvard Medical School: "12 Things You Should Know About Common Pain Relievers."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Drug Record: Muscle Relaxant Drugs."

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health: "Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction."

University of New Mexico Pain Center: "Sacroiliac Joint."

Baxter Regional Medical Center: "Sacroiliac Joint Injection."

University of Pittsburgh Department of Radiology: "Sacroiliac Joint Injection."

Cleveland Clinic: “Sacroiliac Joint Injection.”

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

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 17, 2017

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