Dull aches in your lower back, buttocks, and legs are telltale signs of sacroiliac joint disease, a painful condition that can limit your mobility without treatment. At their offices in Tulsa, Sallisaw, and Claremore, Oklahoma, the neurosurgeons at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute use the most advanced treatments to reduce pain and inflammation from sacroiliac joint disease. To schedule a consultation with a board-certified neurosurgeon, call Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute today.
The sacroiliac joints connect your pelvis to the lower area of your spine. They support the weight of your upper body and act as shock absorbers when you move, so they’re prone to damage and injury.
Over time, the sacroiliac joints can become inflamed as the cartilage that cushions them starts to deteriorate, leading to sacroiliac joint disease, a painful condition that can limit your mobility.
Most people associate sacroiliac joint disease with dull, achy low back pain. What makes this condition difficult to diagnose and treat is that it shares symptoms with many other conditions that affect the lower back, including sciatica and herniated disc pain.
If you have sacroiliac joint disease, you likely experience pain and stiffness in your groin, buttocks, and legs. This pain may worsen during sleep and when standing or walking after long periods of sitting. You may also experience redness, swelling, and tenderness around the joint.
Sacroiliac joint disease usually develops from degenerative conditions like:
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes swelling, stiffness, and pain in your joints. The most common type that affects the sacroiliac joints is osteoarthritis, a “wear and tear” condition that degrades the cartilage surrounding your joints.
Another common cause of this disease is sacroiliac joint disruption, which happens when the joints move too much or too little. This can lead to instability in your pelvic when you walk or stand.
After reviewing your medical history and taking imaging scans, such as X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), your provider at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute can confirm your sacroiliac joint disease diagnosis and create a treatment plan that relieves your pain and reduces joint inflammation.
Many treatments are effective at improving the symptoms of sacroiliac joint disease. Steroid injections can help relieve swelling around the joints to help reduce pain while you heal, while stem cell therapy may actually repair damage in your joints and the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that surround them.
If these non-surgical treatments don’t improve your pain, sacroiliac joint fusion surgery immobilizes the damaged joints to stop them from swelling and causing pain.
To schedule an appointment for sacroiliac joint disease treatment with Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute, call the office today.