Sacroiliac joint treatment: what are the options?

Suffering from degeneration or injury of the sacroiliac (SI) joint can be disabling, affecting your family life, work or even making a trip to the grocery store difficult. The SI joints connect the lowest part of the spine — the sacrum — to the pelvis. Like any other joint in the body, it is subject to degeneration from everyday wear and the natural aging process. This wearing can cause the joint to function incorrectly, causing pain that comes with certain movements, such as standing up from a chair.

After being diagnosed with SI joint dysfunction, finding effective sacroiliac joint treatment can help you get back to the life you’ve been missing. In many cases, following a course of doctor-prescribed conservative options can bring lasting relief from symptoms, with surgery typically being seen as a last-resort.

Sacroiliac joint treatment methods

Before recommending any surgical procedure, it is important to fully explore conservative treatment options. For many, these methods can bring sufficient relief from symptoms to enable resumption of everyday activity. These options often include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Swimming
  • Stretching
  • Low-impact exercise
  • Massage
  • Chiropractic care
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Medication
  • SI joint injections

Surgical treatment for the SI joint

Though conservative treatments can be effective in managing the pain and symptoms associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction, not all patients will find these methods successful in treating the underlying cause of their pain. Patients are usually anxious about the prospect of surgical treatment for the SI joint because it typically requires overnight hospitalization and a long period of rehabilitation.

For these patients, Laser Spine Institute offers a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our SI joint fusion is specifically designed to treat the pain and symptoms associated with sacroiliac joint pain using a smaller incision that does not disrupt muscles the way a traditional procedure does.

For more information, contact Laser Spine Institute today for a no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.