What is SI joint pain? | Laser Spine Institute

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Hello, I’m Dr. Reginald Davis and I’m a neurosurgeon at the Laser Spine Institute. I’d like to discuss with you today the condition of SI Joint pain.

First, let’s describe what the SI Joint really is. SI is sacroiliac and that sacroiliac joint is basically where the pelvis bone joins the spine bone, and that is a real joint, although it really doesn’t move. It does have a lining.

It does have nerves, and subsequently, it can be painful. The syndrome of SI Joint dysfunction is really that of pain. The syndrome itself and the result in inflammation, result in pain, often relegated to the lower back — sometimes referred to the pelvis, sometimes referred to the hip — but lower back or sacroiliac pain is the hallmark symptom of the SI joint syndrome. Some of the conservative treatments in treating SI Joint syndrome include medications. These medications include anti-inflammatory medication, both steroidal and nonsteroidal, pain medications both narcotic and non-narcotic, as well as muscle relaxants to treat the resulting spasms. Medications are often combined with physical therapy, with heat, massage, ultrasound and whirlpool. These modalities in conjunction with medications often relieve the symptomatology. Sometimes when these fail, then more aggressive intervention is necessary.

In which case, SI joint blocks or injections may be necessary to try and treat this condition without surgical intervention or any more conservative management. If the conservative management for SI Joint syndrome fails, then there are surgical options available. These options are actually undergoing a renaissance and revolution in new technologies and more minimally invasive ways to achieve this. Basically, the surgical treatment for SI syndrome is fusion. And the SI joint fusion now can be achieved with almost percutaneous and minimally invasiveness and very precise radiographic delivered technologies, which don’t require a big, open procedure as previously. For more information regarding this and other conditions requiring minimally invasive spine surgery, visit us as LaserSpineInstitute.com.

What is SI joint pain? | Laser Spine Institute

What is SI joint pain? | Laser Spine Institute

Hello, I’m Dr. Reginald Davis and I’m a neurosurgeon at the Laser Spine Institute. I’d like to discuss with you today the condition of SI Joint pain.First, let’s describe what the SI…

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