SI joint relief
If you are enduring chronic sacroiliac, or SI, joint pain, finding pain relief is your top priority. This pain, if left untreated, can lead to a significant decrease in your quality of life. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to help you find relief from the pain of SI joint dysfunction.
SI joints are the connecting points between the iliac bones and the sacrum, or simply between the pelvis and the spine. Certain spine conditions can develop in this area that cause nerve compression, which is what leads to the SI joint pain. By diagnosing the cause of the SI joint pain, you and your doctor can find the most effective treatment options available to you.
What causes SI joint pain?
The sacrum is the lowest level on the spine, found immediately beneath the lumbar spine in the lower back. Also called the “tailbone,” the vertebrae of the sacrum are placed under increased pressure and stress during day-to-day activities, which can lead to the development of a degenerative spine condition.
SI joints allow the vertebrae in this section of the spine to pivot and hinge, though there is not as much movement in the sacral spine as in the cervical or lumbar spines. To protect the joints during movement, they are covered by a layer of cartilage, lubricating the movements of the vertebrae.
During the natural aging process, this cartilage can become worn, causing irritation, rubbing and painful symptoms. The most common causes of SI joint pain include:
- Irregular leg lengths
- Degenerative conditions
- Degenerative sacroiliitis
- Previous fusion in lumbar spine
- Uneven hip alignment
SI joint pain relief
Suffering from SI joint can be debilitating, regardless of the cause of your condition. At Laser Spine Institute we are committed to helping as many patients as possible find relief from the chronic symptoms of SI joint dysfunction.
If conservative methods of treatment have not provided you with lasting pain relief, the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute may be your best treatment option. Our procedures offer patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery with a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication.
To see if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery to help treat SI joint pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our team will review your MRI report or CT scan and discuss with you your best options of treatment for pain relief.