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.
"I recently experienced a pinched nerve that severely affected my ability to use my right hand. I contacted Dr. Carll who immediately went to work on my behalf. Knowing that this was a time sensitive situation Dr. Carll went out of his way to ensure that I received the appropriate MRIs, CAT scans, and nerve studies to properly diagnose my situation. After reviewing all the test Dr. Carll exhibited true professionalism and integrity by referring me out to Dr. Patty Young (I am so thankful for your referral) who specialized in the surgery that I would need. Dr. Carll could’ve chosen to operate because I had several degenerative disc, however he chose ethics over profit. Dr. Carll is a true professional that will put your health over profit! When it comes to your health there’s nothing more important than having a doctor that you can trust to be professional and ethical. Thank you Dr. Carll for providing me with both!"- K.H. / Google / Aug 29, 2018
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"Excellent Care!! - I had put off my 360 Spinal Fusion for over a decade, relying on epidurals to deal with the pain. After doing two years of thorough research, I chose Dr. Kendall Carll at the Spine Care of North Texas. Being that I’m in the medical industry, I did ask around, too.From the initial consultation, all staff involved were very supportive and explained all aspects of the procedure; including what I could expect during and after the procedure. Because I never really experienced “excruciating” pain, I stopped taking all pain meds three days after the procedure. I was up and walking the day of the procedure and followed all directives. I was up several times a day walking and learning how to use steps; since I my place is two levels.The staff did a great job setting up my home health care; which included a nurse and a physical therapist. They, too, did an outstanding job. A large part of my job involves air travel. I felt so “good” I reached out to see if I was ok to travel. I followed all restrictions, primarily lifting, and was able to take a two-hour flight. This is amazing considering it was only 23 days post-surgery.If you’re like me and will use insurance, be sure to do the match; to make sure your rehab will be completed by the end of the year.“I am 100% satisfied with my experience with Spine Care of North Texas. Every single person on staff was terrific, and the system worked flawlessly. I now refer all my friends and family to them."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 04, 2019
"From the initial consultation, all staff involved were very supportive and explained all aspects of the procedure; including what I could expect during and after the procedure. Because I never really experienced “excruciating” pain, I stopped taking all pain meds three days after the procedure. I was up and walking the day of the procedure and followed all directives. I was up several times a day walking and learning how to use steps; since I my place is two levels. They are the best!!!"- E.E. / Healthgrades / Feb 04, 2019
SI joint pain can be caused by a variety of factors and conditions. Some of the most common causes include:
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- Repeated exercises/activities, such as jogging
- Previous spinal surgery
- Issues with gait that create uneven pressure on the legs and pelvis
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
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 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 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.
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.