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2022 Nov 23

Int J Environ Res Public Health



A Retrospective Study on Patient-Specific Predictors for Non-Response to Sacroiliac Joint Injections.


Chandrupatla RS, Shahidi B, Bruno K, Chen JL
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Nov 23; 19(23).
PMID: 36497595.


Intra-articular or peri-articular corticosteroid injections are often used for treatment of sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain. However, response to these injections is variable and many patients require multiple injections for sustained benefit. In this study, we aim to identify patient-specific predictors of response or non-response to SIJ injections. Identification of these predictors would allow providers to better determine what treatment would be appropriate for a patient with SIJ pain. A retrospective review of 100 consecutive patient charts spanning a 2-year period at an academic multi-specialty pain center was conducted and a multivariate regression analysis was used to identify patient-specific predictors of response to SIJ injections. Our analysis identified that a history of depression and anxiety (OR: 0.233, 95%CI: 0.057-0.954) and increased age (OR: 0.946, 95%CI: 0.910-0.984) significantly reduced the odds of responding to injections. We also found that the associated NPRS score change for SIJ injection responders was less than the minimally clinically significant value of a 2-point differential, suggesting that reported changes in pain scores may not accurately represent a patient's perception of success after SIJ injection. These findings warrant further investigation through a prospective study and can potentially influence clinical decision making and prognosis for patients receiving SIJ injections.