Research Results Offer New Hope for SI Joint Pain Sufferers

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Published on April 22, 2015

Research Results Offer New Hope for SI Joint Pain Sufferers

By Clay J. Frank, MD

New Hope for SI Joint Pain SufferersSacroiliac (SI) joint pain accounts for as much as 25 percent of all lower back pain and often goes undiagnosed. Initial results of new research have discovered that SI joint fusion, a minimally invasive procedure that “welds” misaligned vertebrae or vertebrae that are putting pressure on nerves together, can relieve pain and improve quality of life in patients who haven’t found relief from non-operative care options.

The results of the study were published in the March 2015 edition of the International Journal of Spine Surgery and compared traditional non-surgical treatment of sacroiliac joint pain to minimally invasive surgical fusion. Success rates in the surgical group were 80 percent with a minimum follow up at six months, and a maximum follow up at two years. The success rates in the non-surgical group were 25 percent. The research study was jointly conducted by Integrated Spine Care and several other spine experts from around the country.

What this means for SI sufferers is that those with pain that was thought to be incurable - mainly due to degenerative sacroiliitis or SI joint disruptions - now have hope for improved quality of life. SI joint fusion is minimally invasive, safe, effective, long-lasting and offers pain relief and improved function.

Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, a leader in orthopedic research and in bringing new and innovative procedures and technology to patients in southeast Wisconsin and surrounding communities, is proud to offer SI joint fusion.

Learn more about SI joint fusion and our Spine & Neck care services.

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