When does SI joint pain require surgery?

The SI (sacroiliac) joint is where the pelvic bone meets the spine. The syndrome of SI joint dysfunction can result in debilitating symptoms such as inflammation and pain in the lower back. There are many nonsurgical treatments that can be effective solutions for this condition. A patient’s treatment plan can be influenced by the specific underlying condition that is causing his or her discomfort. For instance, SI joint pain can be caused by a sports injury or osteoarthritis of the spine.

Typically, the symptoms caused by this condition can get better with conservative treatments such as pain medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care, ultrasound therapy and epidural steroid injections. However, if these options don’t produce the desired results after several weeks or months, surgery may then become necessary. As you research the types of surgery available to you, we encourage you to contact Laser Spine Institute with any questions or concerns regarding your condition or our minimally invasive spine surgery. We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.

SI joint pain surgery

One of the most common reasons people consider SI joint pain surgery is that their symptoms do not improve with conservative treatment. Nonsurgical treatments, although beneficial, usually only provide temporary pain relief. For instance, surgery may be an option if a person must take pain medications several times per day just to obtain adequate relief.

Another reason people consider SI joint pain surgery is that their symptoms get progressively worse over time. When a constantly increasing amount of treatment is needed just to make it through a regular daily routine, surgery may become an appealing consideration.

However, it’s important to remember that surgery is not right for everyone, and there are many factors to consider when evaluating surgical treatment options, like the risk associated with the procedure and comparable benefits.

Minimally invasive alternatives to SI joint pain surgery

At Laser Spine Institute, our procedures provide many advantages versus open neck or back surgery. The surgeons at our state-of-the-art facilities use a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to alleviate symptoms while resulting in less bleeding and a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open back surgery.^ Since 2005, we have had the privilege of helping more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain.

If you’d like to request a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive surgery, reach out to Laser Spine Institute today.