Dr. Paul Saiz is an expert on orthopedic injuries of the spine. The owner of Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates, Paul Saiz, MD, is the author of numerous articles regarding spinal ailments and musculoskeletal disorders.
The sacro-iliac joint is the part of the body responsible for transferring weight between the legs and the back and torso. Stress on this joint can be as much as two to three times greater than an individual’s body weight, which can cause a great deal of pain. In fact, the SI joint causes an estimated 20 to 25 percent of reported cases of back pain. In addition, the SI joint is thought to be the source of pain among 50 percent of all failed back surgeries.
There are a number of ways to treat SI pain, the most common being stabilization belts, anti-inflammatory injections, and physical therapy. In recent years, new technology has been developed to fuse, or immobilize, the SI joint through surgery. Over 25,000 patients have received the procedure, with minimal complications. And although not every patient requires surgery, those with chronic sacroiliac pain may want to consider surgery of the SI joint as an option.