What is the sacroiliac (SI) joint?
The SI joint is the joint that holds your pelvic bones to your spine. Located between the sacrum (tailbone) and ilium (hip bone) in the pelvis, the sacroiliac joint [consider linking to some sort of diagram or visual of SI joint] is a common, but often overlooked, source of low back pain.
What is SI joint pain like?
SI joint pain can be debilitating. The pain can be so severe that patients can’t sit or put weight on one side. Simple walking or movement can be very painful. Unusual pains or numbness can even extend into the legs. Common SI joint pain symptoms include:
What are the risk factors for SI joint problems?
SI joint pain is frequently found in people with a previous history of:
What are treatment options?
Treatment approaches for SI joint pain can include non-surgical options like physical therapy and intra-articular steroid injections. If pain persists, traditional surgical techniques typically attempt to stabilize the SI joint. However, a new minimally invasive surgical technique at Borgess (known as SI joint fusion) continues to yield excellent outcomes for lasting pain resolution.
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What is SI joint fusion?
Utilizing fluoroscopy, fusion is a minimally invasive approach involving the percutaneous insertion (through the skin) of two small, hollow titanium cages containing bone-growth-spurring material into the SI joint. This breakthrough technique provides excellent fixation, stabilization, and a conduit through which the ileum and sacrum can fuse.
Not all patients are candidates for the minimally invasive procedure. In these instances, an open procedure may be performed.
Who is a candidate for SI joint fusion?
Appropriate candidates for SI joint fusion must have:
What distinguishes the Borgess Sacroiliac Joint Program?
Benefits of choosing the Borgess Sacroiliac Joint Program include:
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