Currently caring for patients at Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates in New Mexico, Paul Saiz, MD, is the only board-certified spine surgeon in the state. At his facility, Paul Saiz, MD, analyzes low back pain including the sacroiliac joint; to develop a plan to treat patients’ complaints and to see if he can offer options (surgery and non surgery)to alleviate their discomfort.
Located where the spine and pelvis meet, the sacroiliac joint can produce pain in the back and legs due to a variety of factors, which include stress from movement, infection, trauma, pregnancy, and stress fractures. Some estimates claim that up to 25 percent of all chronic lower back pain can be linked to the sacroiliac joint. To discover whether the sacroiliac joint is responsible for pain, doctors will administer a physical exam and determine what tests to use; which include x-rays, CT scans, and nerve blocks.
Once a diagnosis is made, doctors can provide several forms of treatment for this condition. Traditionally, doctors prescribe physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and stabilization belts. Some modern technology, however, has led to additional options. For example, a new and minimally invasive procedure can be performed that fuses and immobilizes the joint. This allows for quicker recovery with fewer post-surgery issues.