If you thought the sacroiliac was a fictional part of the body created for the board game Operation, you’ll be surprised to learn that it’s a real joint. You have a pair in your lower back and they rest on the sides of your spine. Their work is never done, in a sense, because they bear the load of your entire upper body whenever you stand or walk.
When you have problems with your sacroiliac, they can manifest in different ways: You can experience sharp pain or a duller type, and often on just one side of your lower back. Sacroiliac problems can be debilitating and sideline you significantly.
Fortunately, Dr. Apurva Dalal offers diverse treatments for sacroiliac (SI) pain, and his years of experience as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon have given him extensive knowledge about the many ways patients can experience this problem. He’s a consummate professional invested in providing you with relief that lasts.
Sacroiliac pain is more than one thing
You may think that lower is the only place you’ll feel pain when your sacroiliac is inflamed, but it can also cause pain in your:
- Upper back
There are a myriad of possible reasons for your sacroiliac pain, including injury from an accident or playing sports, wear and tear from repetitive movements like running, damage to the ligaments that surround your sacroiliac, and asymmetrical movement — when each side of your body moves differently. Sacroiliac pain can also be part of the aftereffects of certain surgeries.
You can also suffer sacroiliac pain if you have ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that zeroes in on your spine, and it’s even common for pregnant women to experience it due to hormonal changes that cause joints to loosen and move in a new way.
No matter what causes your SI pain, you’re likely more than ready for a solution.
Effective treatments for sacroiliac pain
Depending on your pain history and the severity of your inflammation, Dr. Dalal may recommend conservative home treatments, like anti-inflammatory medications, the application of heat or cold to your area of pain, and physical therapy, at Tri-State’s fully equipped, on-site PT suite.
As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Dalal can also perform a procedure known as sacroiliac joint injections and fusion if required. This is the procedure that prevents the joint from moving by joining the pelvic bones and the base of your spine together. This surgery can be done as a minimally invasive procedure, and often requires the use of screws, and if needed, a bone graft across your SI joint.
Dr. Dalal doesn’t create a treatment plan until he’s examined you carefully, reviewed imaging test results if he deems them necessary, and reviewed your medical history in detail.
Pursue a solution for your sacroiliac pain
Don’t delay seeking treatment for your sacroiliac pain — solutions exist and you deserve relief, the ability to move more freely, and overall better quality of life. Call our office at 901-333-2525 to schedule an appointment or reach out to us through our website.
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