Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction Treatment
The sacroiliac joints are where the hip bones join to the base of the spine. These joints serve as shock absorbers between your upper body and the pelvis and legs. As such, they undergo considerable stress over your lifetime. This is particularly true if you play sports or engage in a physically strenuous career. These joints move very little, but can still be a significant source of pain. Dr. Sina Rajamand offers sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction treatment at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction can be caused by:
- Too much movement or instability
- Too little movement and fixation
Radiating pain to various areas can result, often feeling like sciatica pain. SI joint pain is often misdiagnosed as sciatica pain. There will also be stiffness and instability in the groin, hips, legs and lower back. Certain physical tests can be used to help diagnose SI joint pain. These, along with advanced imaging and a sacroiliac joint injection, can help Dr. Rajamand to narrow down the diagnosis to sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Reno SI Joint Treatment
Once an accurate diagnosis is made, then Dr. Rajamand can recommend the best treatment options. Most cases of SI joint pain are relieved with non-surgical solutions. Ice and heat, rest, physical therapy, NSAIDs and over-the-counter pain medications can bring relief to many cases of SI joint pain. In others, a sacroiliac joint injection that is used to pinpoint the cause of your pain can also relieve pain. These conservative measures are typically combined.
If non-surgical treatments are not effective, Dr. Rajamand can perform surgery to correct the problem. The surgical solution for sacroiliac joint dysfunction is called a sacroiliac joint fusion. In this procedure, Dr. Rajamand fuses together the ilium and sacrum, effectively joining the SI joint to prevent any movement.
This can be done using minimally-invasive surgical techniques that lower risks and speed recovery for patients. Dr. Rajamand specializes in these techniques because of how they benefit his patients. If conservative treatments for your SI joint pain do not work any longer, contact Dr. Rajamand for a consultation. Call our office at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno today.