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How to Know If SI Joint Fusion Is Right for You

How to Know If SI Joint Fusion Is Right for You

When chronic low back pain just won’t go away, you may be at a loss for what to do to find lasting pain relief.

At South Texas Spinal Clinic, our team of orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists throughout San Antonio and South Texas offer various treatment options for low back pain. We can advise you on the right treatments and therapies to relieve pain symptoms and improve your quality of life.

If your low back pain is related to issues with your sacroiliac (SI) joint in your pelvis, SI joint fusion could be the procedure you need to become and remain pain-free. Here’s what you should know about SI joint fusion at South Texas Spinal Clinic.

The SI joint and low back pain

SI joint issues account for a significant percentage of low back pain in adult patients in the United States. This joint connects your iliac bones to the bottom of your spine above your tailbone, an area known as your sacrum.

You rely on your SI joint to absorb shock, cushioning your spine from the impacts of your motion as you go about your daily life.

However, if your SI joint becomes damaged, low back pain, buttock pain, and leg and groin pain can all result. Wear-and-tear over time, and degenerative conditions like arthritis, can both result in damage to this part of your body.

The benefits of SI joint fusion

When joint issues cause chronic back pain, your treatment plan at South Texas Spinal Clinic seeks to stabilize your low back and relieve your symptoms.

If conservative treatment options like physical therapy and targeted steroid injections don’t do enough to relieve your pain, your provider at South Texas Spinal Clinic may recommend SI joint fusion.

In minimally invasive surgical SI joint fusion, performed at South Texas Spinal Clinic using the iFuse Implant™ System, a triangular impact stabilizes your SI joint, redistributing pressure in this area of your body to give you lasting pain relief. For most people, SI joint fusion surgery significantly reduces or eliminates pain.

Determining if you’re a good candidate for SI fusion

The first step in determining if SI fusion treatment is right for you is to ensure that your SI joint is the source of your back pain. Diagnostic testing may include physical examination, X-rays, and targeted anesthetic injections.

If you’ve tried other methods to deal with low back pain without sufficient relief, SI joint fusion could be the best way to improve your condition. SI joint fusion often works for patients who have tried lumbar spinal fusion but still experience low back pain.

To learn more about your SI joint's role in your chronic low back pain problems and discover if SI joint fusion might be the procedure you need to recover and live pain-free, contact the experts at South Texas Spinal Clinic today.

You can schedule your initial consultation appointment with a member of our team by calling now. Or, request an appointment using our online booking tool.

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