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Dr. David Duffner, a clinical orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, knows chronic back pain can have a serious impact on a person’s daily activities and overall quality of life. According to clinical studies, about 25% of lower back pain issues may be attributed to the sacroiliac joint or the SI joint, which is located in the pelvis.
Symptoms of Lower Back Pain
Dr. Duffner says the most common symptoms from SI joint issues is pain in the lower back and buttock area. Either one or both sides of the body may be affected. Patients often describe sharp pain shooting down their leg all the way to the foot. These types of issues are often mistaken for herniated discs or spine injuries. Before treating the back pain, first its symptoms should be diagnosed. Dr. Duffner will need as much information about the exact location of your pain and your level of productivity or functionality. It is also important for you to mention how often the pain occurs and how intense it feels. Various tests that Dr. Duffner may have you undergo to determine the causes of the back pain would be physical examinations, diagnostic imaging such as x-ray, CT-scan or MRI.
Dr. Duffner’s Treatment Options for Sacroiliac Joint Disorders
Treatments options for SI Joint Disorders can vary depending on the severity of your symptoms and how much they limit your everyday activities. Depending on your specific symptoms Dr. Duffner will discuss your treatment options with you.
- Medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
- Physical therapy can help provide strengthening and pelvic stabilization exercises to reduce the movement in the SI joint.
- SI belt wraps around the hips to help squeeze the sacroiliac joints together. This supports and stabilizes the pelvis and sacroiliac joints.
- SI joint injections can reduce inflammation and relieve the pain.
The iFuse procedure takes about an hour and involves three small titanium implants inserted surgically across the sacroiliac joint. The entire procedure is done through a small incision, with no soft tissue stripping and minimal tendon irritation. Patients may leave the hospital the next day after surgery and can usually resume daily living activities within six weeks, depending on how well they are healing and based on physician’s orders.
- Minimal incision size
- Immediate post-operative stabilization
- Minimal soft tissue stripping
- Potential of a quicker recovery
Dr. David Duffner is currently accepting new patients and can answer your questions about the iFuse procedure or discuss your other options for treating lower back pain. Give Dr. Duffner a call today and make an appointment 760-325-8677