An experienced orthopedic spine surgeon, Paul Saiz, MD, recently wrote about the sources of leg and back pain. In his article, Dr. Paul Saiz noted that the lumbar spine is the most common source of lower back and leg pain. However, other body parts potentially cause leg and back pain and do not receive as much attention as the lumbar spine. This is chronicled on his blog at lascrucesortho.com
According to Dr. Saiz, the sacroiliac joint in the human body has to tolerate forces up to three times the person’s body weight. Medical professionals once thought this joint was one of the main sources of back pain. In fact, orthopedic textbooks from the 1950s focused more on the issues caused by the sacroiliac joint and less on lumbar problems. Fortunately, the sacroiliac joint is once again earning the attention of orthopedic surgeons as they focus on solving the causes of back and leg pain. New and less invasive treatments are now common, thanks to the advancement of technology. More than 25,000 patients have already received these treatments which involve a minimally invasive technique to fuse the SI joint..