Seeking Treatment for Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Syndrome
If you are suffering from chronic low back pain you may be suffering from SI Joint Dysfunction. In fact, about 25% of Americans with low back pain are thought to have sacroiliac joint syndrome.
What is the Sacroiliac Joint?
The spine attaches to the pelvis at both (right and left) sacroiliac joints, enabling a person to stand upright and walk.
When the SI joint becomes irritated, people can begin feeling discomfort in the lower back and sometimes into the groin, buttock, thigh, hip or down the leg. Standing, sitting, climbing stairs, rolling over in bed, bending, and other physical activities may make the pain worse.
Causes of Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome
Sacroiliac joint syndrome can develop as a result of a traumatic injury to the joint or joint deterioration/arthritis. Any damage to this joint, that helps with weight transfer between the upper body and legs and shock absorption during activity, could lead to debilitating pain. The joint pain can be triggered by hypermobility (too much joint movement) or hypomobility (too little joint movement).
Professional Diagnosis and Treatment
When you visit Key Clinics, Dr. Siegal will begin your evaluation to determine if you have SI joint syndrome. Dr. Siegal believes in diagnosing and treating SI joint syndrome as part of a multidisciplinary program. It is important to differentiate whether the primary pain generator causing someone’s discomfort is the SI joint, hip, spine or nerves. For proper diagnosis, Dr. Siegal and his medical team may order tests, perform multiple physical exams, and have you see several providers in order to help confirm that you have sacroiliac joint syndrome and to devise the best treatment plan.
The good news is that many people with this condition respond favorably to non-surgical treatment such as non-narcotic medications, physical therapy and SI joint injections. If you don’t achieve long-term relief with conservative treatment, a minimally-invasive SI joint fusion option is available. Approximately 85% of patients that undergo this fusion procedure obtain early relief that appears to be sustainable long term.