WHAT IS THE SACROILIAC (SI) JOINT?
The Sacroiliac Joint is the joint located between the ilium and the sacrum. Essentially, it is the connecting point of the spine and the pelvis. The SI joint is a weight-bearing joint that provides shock absorption and stability for the spine during walking and other day-to-day activities. It is supported by strong ligaments and has a very limited range of motion.
WHAT ARE SI JOINT PAIN CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS
SI joint pain can be caused by a number of things including injuries, pregnancy, and prior spinal surgeries. Pain caused by the SI joint is usually centered in the lower back and/or buttocks, but can also radiate to the groin or down into the legs
DIAGNOSING DYSFUNCTION OF THE SI JOINT
The pain caused by the dysfunction of the SI joint is frequently confused with pain caused by problems of the lumbar spine. Discuss the frequency, intensity, and range of the pain with your doctor so he or she can determine if the SI joint could be the source of discomfort. After a physical examination, your doctor will conduct a series of provocative tests to determine if the SI joint is, in fact, the cause of your pain
SIFIX is a minimally invasive procedure and patients are typically up and walking the same day. Patients can expect to return to their normal routine with light activity for 7-10 days. Your physician will provide detailed instructions for your post-op guidelines to specifically fit your lifestyle.