SI Joint Fusion
The Sacro-Iliac joint serves as a shock absorber for the spine, but it can be a source of pain if the either part of the joint develops movement problems.
The Sacro-Iliac joint, which connects the bone at the bottom of the spine (the sacrum) to the pelvis, serves as a shock absorber for the spine, but it can be a source of pain if the either part of the joint develops movement problems. This condition is usually caused over an extended period of time and manifests as hip and lower back pain. For severe cases, we offer an SI joint fusion, which effectively stabilizes the joint and increases load-bearing capacity by fusing the joint together.
The most common cause of SI joint pain is Sacroiliitis. Sacroiliitis is simply inflammation in one or both of your sacroiliac joints. Sacroiliitis causes pain in your buttocks or lower back, and can sometimes extend down one or both legs. Painful symptoms associated with sacroiliitis are often made worse by prolonged standing or climbing stairs.
An SI joint fusion is, in many cases, the last line of defense for SI joint pain. When an SI joint fusion is necessary, however, this procedure offers joint stabilization and pain reduction, in addition to increasing the ability of the SI joint to bear weight, through a minimally invasive and brief surgical procedure.