SI joint dysfunction treatment

Research the differences between conservative and surgical SI joint pain treatments and how Laser Spine Institute can help.

Patients suffering from sacroiliac (SI) joint pain understand the constraints this pain can place on daily activities and hobbies. The pain from a compressed nerve near the SI joint can cause local pain in the pelvis/lower back and radiating pain in the buttock and leg. This pain can worsen over time, causing a patient to experience a decrease in quality of life and limited mobility.

If you are facing these symptoms, you understand the anxiety and frustration that SI joint pain can cause. You should consult your physician to find a treatment option before your symptoms worsen. Your physician can determine the cause of your SI joint pain (whether it is degenerative or from an injury) and find a treatment regimen to help treat the source of your pain. You will likely be recommended to begin with a conservative treatment regimen to see if a nonsurgical method can effectively treat your pain. However, if conservative treatments do not offer any lasting pain relief for your SI joint dysfunction, you may be recommended to undergo surgery.

Conservative treatments for SI joint dysfunction

In many cases of SI joint pain and dysfunction, the first recommended method of treatment is conservative therapy. The purpose of conservative treatment is to lengthen and realign the components of the spine, thereby relieving pressure on an impacted nerve root in the spinal canal. Some effective conservative treatments for SI joint pain include:

  • Stretching
  • Low-impact exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Chiropractic care
  • Swimming
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage

While these nonsurgical treatments can effectively reduce pain for mild SI joint dysfunction, patients with moderate to severe conditions may need to undergo surgical treatment to find pain relief. If you have been trying conservative therapy for several months and are still suffering from chronic or debilitating pain, you should consult your physician about a surgical treatment option to help you regain your quality of life.

Surgical treatment for SI joint dysfunction

The traditional open back surgery for SI joint dysfunction is a highly invasive, lengthy process that requires several postoperative nights in the hospital. A patient has an increased risk of infection and excessive blood loss due to the invasive nature of the surgery and the cutting and tearing of the local muscles to access the spine and SI joint.
Fortunately, Laser Spine Institute offers patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive surgery can help treat patients with SI joint dysfunction and pain by removing a small portion (minimally invasive decompression surgery) of the spine or the entire damaged component (minimally invasive stabilization surgery) of the spine to relieve pressure on the impacted nerve root that is causing the chronic pain and discomfort.

Our procedures are performed through a small incision, allowing our surgeons to avoid altering the muscles and soft tissue surrounding the spine. Our minimally invasive outpatient procedures have earned us a patient satisfaction score of 96 and patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^

To learn more about how our minimally invasive surgery can treat your SI joint pain, or to find out if you are a candidate for one of our procedures, please contact our Care Team today.