Sacroiliac joint injury
The sacroiliac joint is the connecting area between the sacrum and the iliac bones (or ilium), which links the pelvis to the lower spine. The sacrum is the bone above the tailbone and just below the lower vertebrae. The ilium is the top part of your pelvis. There is an SI joint, at both sides of the pelvis, that supports the weight of the upper body when you stand. Though there is some level of controversy within the medical community, the SI joint is often accepted as the main cause of lower back pain.
The lower back is one of the most common areas of the spine prone to injury. Injury in this area is commonly seen in athletes, or those who undergo extreme pressure and pounding on a daily basis since the lumbar spine (lower back) absorbs all the forces of the upper body. Patients suffering from SI joint pain caused by injury can find it debilitating. The pain can be either localized or radiating as it extends from the lower back and hips to the thighs, legs, buttocks and groin.
Most doctors recommend first looking into conservative treatment methods prior to undergoing a surgical procedure. Some of the most common conservative treatments used to treat SI joint pain include:
- Physical therapy
- Hot/cold therapy
- Low-impact exercise
For most patients suffering from SI joint injuries, these methods are an important and effective part of the recovery process. However, dependent upon the level and severity of the injury, some patients will not receive any relief from these options, and surgery becomes the only viable solution.
Laser Spine Institute offers a minimally invasive alternative to the traditional SI joint surgery. Our SI joint fusion is specifically designed to treat the pain and symptoms commonly associated with SI joint pain. This is a minimally invasive procedure that joins the sacrum and the pelvis. Laser Spine Institute surgeons perform the procedure through a small incision of about 1-inch.
Contact Laser Spine Institute today for your MRI review to see if you are a candidate for our surgery.