Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Pain – North Texas*

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About Sacroiliac Joint Pain

The sacroiliac joints (SI joints) are positioned in the lower back on either side of the spine. With the main function of shifting weight from the upper body to the legs, the SI joints can cause significant lower back and/or leg pain when one or both of the joints become inflamed or damaged. Caused by several different factors, SI joint pain can be treated through both nonsurgical and surgical treatments. At Spine Care of North Texas, board-certified spine surgeon Dr. Kendall Carll helps to both diagnose and treat spinal conditions in order to diminish pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing SI joint pain, contact one of our offices in Addison, Frisco, or Plano to learn more about your treatment options.

Causes

SI joint pain can be caused by a variety of factors and conditions. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Arthritis
  • Pregnancy or childbirth
  • Repeated exercises/activities, such as jogging
  • Previous spinal surgery
  • Issues with gait that create uneven pressure on the legs and pelvis

Symptoms

Dysfunctions of the SI joints are most identifiable by pain that exists in the lower back, but pain can also spread to other areas of the lower body. If only one of the SI joints is affected, pain may only be felt on one side. Other symptoms that can occur with SI joint pain include:

  • Loss of range of motion in the lower body
  • Difficulty walking and/or balancing
  • Increased pain associated with exercise or long periods of standing
  • Difficulty sleeping due to pain
  • Numbness and tingling

Diagnostic Measures

The diagnostic process for identifying SI joint pain includes a combination of physical exams, an evaluation of your complete medical history, and in some cases, minimally invasive diagnostic procedures. Dr. Carll will begin by conducting a physical exam to identify which areas experience pain with applied pressure. He may then conduct imaging tests including an MRI, CT scan, and/or x-rays. An SI joint block may sometimes be necessary in order to identify the exact cause of the pain. This procedure involves injecting a numbing solution into the SI joint(s). If the pain is alleviated, then it can be confirmed that the SI joint(s) is the source.

Treatment Options

Treatment for SI joint pain can vary greatly depending on the cause. Most often, nonsurgical approaches are provided as the initial form of treatment. If none of these approaches are successful, then Dr. Carll may suggest a surgical procedure.

Nonsurgical

Nonsurgical treatments for SI joint pain may include physical therapy, injection therapy, chiropractic treatment, and/or nerve treatment. In many cases, a combination of the treatments is suggested for the most beneficial outcomes. For example, injection therapy may help to alleviate the pain long enough for you to fully rehabilitate the area through physical therapy. Additionally, an SI joint block can also be used as a form of treatment in order to diminish pain.

Surgical

When less invasive forms of treatment fail, Dr. Carll may recommend sacroiliac joint fusion. This involves the placement of screws, rods, and/or bone grafts across the joint to encourage bone growth. Sacroiliac joint fusion also reduces pain and can restore mobility through diminishing inflammation.

Reduce SI Joint Pain

SI joint pain can cause unpleasant and painful symptoms that can make it difficult to enjoy your daily life. Through both nonsurgical and surgical treatments, board-certified spine surgeon Dr. Kendall Carll can find a solution to diminish your pain and allow for restored mobility. If you are experiencing SI joint pain, contact one of our North Texas offices to learn more about your options for treatment.

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