August 7, 2020
What is an SI Joint?
The Sacroiliac (SI) Joint is located in the lower portion of the body, between the sacrum and the pelvis. The Sacroiliac Joint is designed to act as a shock absorber for the upper extremities. This joint, like any other joint, may become injured or degenerative over time. If these changes occur, they may cause SI Joint pain.
Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Sacroiliac (SI) Joint pain may be caused by a variety of different factors. Two possible causes of SI Joint pain are Degenerative Sacroiliitis and Sacral Disruption. These may be caused through atraumatic (degenerative changes over time) or traumatic (lift, fall, automobile accident) occurrences.
There are several causes that can predispose someone to SI joint pain, most of which include forces that place a significant amount of stress on the joint.
Here are some of the Potential causes of SI Joint Pain:
- Disruption of the lining of the joint
- Ligament injury
- Cystic Disease
- Spinal deformities
- Previous spine surgery
Here are some of the Symptoms of SI Joint Pain
- Low back pain
- Sciatic-like pain in the buttocks or down the back of the leg
- Hip / pelvis / groin pain
- Reduced range-of-motion
- Pain while climbing stairs
- Pain while running or jogging
- Pain when lying on one side
- Leg instability, numbness and weakness
- Disturbed sitting patterns
- Pain when transitioning from sitting to standing
- Disrupted sleep patterns due to pain
Sacroiliac (SI) Joint pain can potentially be difficult to diagnose, as it may mimic disc or lower back pain. However, there are a variety of tests that can be performed to confirm that the SI Joint is indeed the pain generator.
A heavily preferred diagnostic tool used to identify whether the SI Joint is the cause of your low back symptoms is an SI Joint injection with a local anesthetic. If your pain decreases after this diagnostic injection, your surgeon may determine that the SI Joint is a pain generator.
Our specialists at Riverside Pain Physicians offer effective treatment for relief of SI joint pain in addition to a full range of interventional pain management procedures.
SI Joint Fusion is an innovative new treatment for reducing or eliminating chronic joint pain using a bone graft and/or instruments employed for stimulation of bone growth over the sacroiliac joint to create a single, immobile unit.
This minimally invasive pain relief solution has produced powerful results using a short procedure that involves no metal implants. Patients who undergo this procedure experience a fast recovery time.
The SI Fusion procedure allows stabilization of the SI joint in eligible patients where appropriate non-surgical treatment has failed.
Meet our SI Joint Fusion Specialists
Douglas Boler, M.D.
Dr. Boler specializes in interventional pain management, treating a variety of pain conditions from herniated and degenerated discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia and joint pain. Read more »
Kisha Thomas, M.D.
Dr. Thomas has a special interest in improving function for her patients, frequently incorporating physical therapy and lifestyle modiﬁcations into the plans for her patients. Read more »
Do You Know What’s Causing Your Pain?
Whether the source of your pain is the SI Joint or another pain generator, the highly skilled pain management specialists at Riverside Pain Physicians will utilize state-of-the art technologies to diagnose your condition and develop a customized treatment plan to minimize your discomfort and help restore your quality of life.
At Riverside Pain Physicians, our board-certified pain physicians are dedicated to providing effective, minimally invasive procedures based on the individual needs of each patient.
To set up a consultation at one of our Florida clinics so we can discuss options for reducing or eliminating your pain, call Riverside Pain Physicians today at 904.389.1010, or click here to schedule your visit online.
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