Your sacroiliac joint is a low-motion joint connecting your hips bones to your sacrum. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction can be a chronic source of lower back pain. The expert team at Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute in Stockbridge and Griffin, Georgia, offers minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusions to treat sacroiliac joint conditions causing chronic pain. To schedule a consultation to see if minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion is right for you, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a painful condition that develops from damage or injury to the sacroiliac joints. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction causes lower back and buttock pain.
Researchers estimate that about 25% of chronic lower back pain is caused by problems with the sacroiliac joint. When patients visit their health care provider with complaints of lower back pain, the sacroiliac joint is often overlooked.
Many people with sacroiliac joint dysfunction are told that their pain is caused by a herniated disc or a problem with their hip. A sacroiliac joint injection is the only way to accurately diagnose sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
When you visit Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute with lower back pain, the team conducts a thorough evaluation to determine the exact source of your pain.
If they suspect that you have sacroiliac joint dysfunction, they use the diagnostic joint injection to confirm or rule out the diagnosis. If your sacroiliac joints are the source of your pain, your pain will ease soon after the injection.
The team might consider you a candidate for sacroiliac joint fusions if you fail to get significant relief from your pain after the injection and other nonsurgical treatments, like physical therapy and taking oral anti-inflammatory medications.
For sacroiliac joint fusions, the orthopedic surgeons at Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute use the iFuse Implant System®, a minimally invasive and cost-effective treatment for sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
During the procedure, your surgeon makes a small incision in the side of your buttocks. They then use a special system to guide the instrument that prepares your bones for the implants.
Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute performs sacroiliac joint fusions in the operating room using a general anesthetic. The procedure takes about an hour.
You might experience some pain following your sacroiliac joint fusion. You should start feeling relief from your chronic lower back pain within a few weeks. Full recovery from sacroiliac joint fusions can take up to six months.
Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute refers you to their in-house physical therapy unit to support your recovery process.
Call Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute today or request a consultation online.