Sacroiliac joint pain overview

Suffering from sacroiliac joint or SI joint pain can have a devastating impact on a patient’s ability to enjoy their life. Simple activities like cooking, cleaning and grocery shopping often become impossible as the pain worsens. The first step in finding relief is understanding your condition by reading the information provided in the following article.

What are sacroiliac joints?

Sacroiliac joints are the connecting joints between the sacrum and the iliac bone. Though the sacrum is a part of the spine, the vertebrae located at this level are naturally fused together unlike the lumbar (lower back), thoracic (mid-back) and cervical (upper back) regions. During the natural aging process, these joints begin to degenerate along with other elements within the spinal column.

Because sacroiliac joints are covered in cartilage, bone-on-bone contact may occur during degeneration, causing extreme pain and discomfort. The most common causes of sacroiliac joint pain include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Degenerative conditions
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Degenerative sacroiliitis
  • Uneven leg length
  • Hip misalignment
  • Previous lumbar fusion
  • Traumatic injury

Experiencing sacroiliac joint pain can be disabling. The most commonly associated symptoms with this condition are localized and radiating pain in the hips, lower back, thighs, legs, buttocks and groin.

Treating sacroiliac joint pain

At Laser Spine Institute we understand that patients experiencing these symptoms are often seeking relief in the most effective and efficient form. Like most doctors and surgeons, we always recommend that patients explore conservative treatment options prior to undergoing any type of surgical procedure. The most common conservative treatments include stretching, physical therapy, massage, low-impact exercise, SI joint injections and pain medication.

If several weeks or months of these treatments are ineffective in relieving the underlying cause of your sacroiliac joint pain, Laser Spine Institute may be able to offer you relief. Our minimally invasive procedures have helped thousands of patients each year regain the quality of life that they deserve. For more information on the advantages of our outpatient surgery, contact the dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute today.

To treat sacroiliac joint pain, our board-certified+ surgeons can perform a minimally invasive SI joint fusion which uses a small incision that is muscle sparing to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by this condition. Reach out to us today and ask for a free MRI review* to find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive procedures. We can help you reclaim your quality of life from your chronic spine condition.