An SIJ Radiofrequency Ablation is an outpatient procedure used to relieve pain in the sacroiliac joint. The procedure uses an electric current to heat up a small area of nerves. This stops the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain. During the procedure, the patient will lie on a procedure table while an assistant cleans the area where the injection will be. The performing physician will use a fluoroscope (x-ray) to help direct a small needle into the sacroiliac joint. To make sure the needle is in the correct position, the physician will test the electric current and ask the patient to tell them when they feel the sensation form the current. Once the pain area is confirmed, the physician will perform the radiofrequency ablation and burn the nerves that are sending pain signals to the brain. After the procedure, the patient will rest before being released to a family member or friend. Pain relief can last up to several months to a couple of years.
How Alabama Pain Physicians Can Help
At Alabama Pain Physicians, our goal is to better the quality of life of our patients. We take your pain seriously and strive to establish an accurate diagnosis along with a treatment plan to ultimately minimize your pain. To determine the exact cause of your pain, our physicians will perform a physical exam and use your complete medical history to help find the best treatment options suited for you. In addition to the physical exam and history, you may also need imaging studies and tests to help the physician determine the cause of your pain. Contact Alabama Pain Physicians today and let us help get you on the right track to managing your pain.