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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.

Nonsurgical Treatment for Sacroiliac Joint Disorders
As a first line of treatment, your doctor may prescribe any one or more of the following:
  • 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.
Surgical Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Disorders
If symptoms persist due to instability, Dr.Duffner may recommend stabilizing your joint with sacroiliac joint fusion.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion with the iFuse Implant System®
The iFuse Implant System is a minimally invasive option for patients suffering from sacroiliac joint disorders, including SI joint disruptions and degenerative sacroiliitis.

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.

The iFuse procedure offers several benefits compared to traditional sacroiliac joint surgery:
  • Minimal incision size
  • Immediate post-operative stabilization
  • Minimal soft tissue stripping
  • Potential of a quicker recovery

iFuse Implant System Indications and Risk Statement
The iFuse System is intended for sacroiliac joint fusion for conditions including sacroiliac joint disruptions and degenerative sacroiliitis. As with all surgical procedures and permanent implants, there are risks and considerations associated with surgery and use of the iFuse Implant. You should discuss these risks and considerations with your physician before deciding if this treatment option is right for you.
The SI joint is what links the pelvis to the lowest part of a person’s spinal column that sits right above the tailbone. It is also in charge of transferring weight from the upper body and the legs, and vice versa. Basically it is an essential component for absorbing shock, to avoid unwanted impact from walking to reaching the spine, which could eventually lead to worse back problems.
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
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