Research on SI Joint Pain Treatment Featured on Cover of Neurosurgery Journal

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Published on December 10, 2015

Research on SI Joint Pain Treatment Featured on Cover of Neurosurgery Journal

SI Joint Pain sufferers have new hope for reliefPeople who suffer from low back pain that was once thought to be incurable but who undergo SI joint fusion have improved quality of life, according to results of local research. The results of the research were featured on the cover of the November 2015 issue of the journal Neurosurgery as the editor’s choice for best human clinical research trial.

Orthopedic Surgeon Clay Frank, MD, spine specialist at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (MOSH), was a principal investigator of the clinical trial, which showed that lower back pain sufferers with sacroiliac (SI) joint pain now have hope for improved quality of life through SI joint fusion.

“What this means for patients with low back pain that was thought to be incurable (is that they) now have hope for improved quality of life,” said Dr. Frank. “SI joint fusion is minimally invasive, safe, effective and offers pain relief and improved quality of life in properly selected patients."

About the Study

Patients involved in the clinical trial were treated at MOSH and Midwest Spine and Orthopedic Hospital. The research study was jointly conducted by Integrated Spine Care, Wheaton Franciscan Clinical Research Department and several other spine centers around the country.

“Recognition and publication of research conducted at MOSH in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals confirms that Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital is a destination hospital for high quality, leading edge care that redefines orthopedics,” said Dr. Frank.

About SI Joints

The SI joints are located below the beltline, about an inch on either side of the midline. Some of the most common causes for SI joint pain include birth trauma (females) or a history of prior low back fusion surgery.

SI joint pain accounts for as much as 25 percent of all lower back pain and often goes undiagnosed. Initial results of the study showed that SI joint fusion, a minimally invasive procedure that stabilizes the heavily loaded SI joint, can relieve pain and improve quality of life in patients who haven’t found relief from non-operative options.

Success rates for patients undergoing SI fusion surgery were 80 percent with a minimum follow-up of one year. The success rates in the non-surgical group were 20 percent.

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