The sacroiliac joint, often referred to as the SI joint, is estimated to be associated with over 20% of low back pain.
When symptoms of the lumbar spine overlap it can be difficult to pinpoint the SI joint as the culprit for causing back pain. However, recent advances in diagnostic medicine now allow our surgeons to successfully diagnose patients with SI joint pathology. Once the SI joint is found to be the cause of your pain there are several treatment options available depending upon pain threshold and other factors. The patient and surgeon may determine that minimally invasive SI joint fusion surgery is the best course of action.
Sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion is a surgical procedure performed to alleviate symptoms of degenerative sacroiliitis and sacroiliac joint disruptions by stabilizing the SI joint. Stabilization of the SI joint is accomplished by inserting plates or bolts across the joint. The surgeon uses a specially designed imaging and guidance system to accomplish this intricate procedure with minimal cutting to protect surrounding tissue.
After surgery your surgeon will advise you about post-op procedures, as well as give you a timetable to return to normal activities. Patients can expect pain to dissipate within just a few weeks of surgery. Healing time will vary from patient-to-patient and a follow up with your doctor will be necessary.
While anyone can develop SI joint problems, women present the highest risk following or during pregnancy. Just like any joint in the human body, the sacroiliac joint can be damaged, is prone to degeneration, and breakdown due to various infections. If you experience pain in your upper legs or buttock and feel discomfort when running, walking, sitting, or lying on your side then the SI joint may be to blame. Visit the pain management experts at Advanced Spine and pain to be properly diagnosed before the pain intensifies.