Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Treatment
Nonsurgical Treatment for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and/or Inflammation
Treatment options for sacroiliac joint dysfunction and/or inflammation should be individualized to each patient. The most common conservative (nonsurgical) treatment methods include:
- Short-term rest – refraining from intense physical activity, twisting, turning, or bending
- Medications – potentially including pain medicines, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections, antibiotics, or radio wave nerve treatment
- Physical therapy – exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles of the lower back and/or the motion of the sacroiliac joint
- Preventive therapy – regular exercise, weight loss, and proper techniques for lifting
Surgical Treatment for Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction and/or Inflammation
Patients who have not responded sufficiently to conservative treatment therapies for SI joint dysfunction and/or inflammation may be a candidate for surgical intervention. The surgical procedure leads to a fusion across the sacroiliac joint.
The SImmetry® Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System
The SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System is a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedure for patients with sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction and/or inflammation (sacroiliitis) who have not gained relief from conservative care. The SImmetry System is the only MIS process with the proprietary SImmetry Decorticator® that allows surgeons to prepare the articular region of the joint and insert bone graft into the joint to help facilitate a true bone fusion. The SImmetry procedure enables a more rapid return to regular activities for patients and a greater potential for a successful SI joint fusion.
True Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusion
The SImmetry System is the only minimally invasive SI joint fusion system that includes all three critical steps to achieve true bone fusion across the SI joint:
- Decortication – preparing the bone surface to trigger the body’s natural healing response
- Bone grafting – filling the space between bones with material bone may grow across
- Fixation – placing threaded implants that prevent the joint from moving during the healing process
Difference Between the SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System and Other SI Joint Surgical Fusion Processes
Unlike traditional, open fusion surgery of the sacroiliac joint, which has been practiced for decades, is complex, and has a high complication rate and generally poor outcomes, the new SImmetry minimally invasive surgical procedure offers:
- Minimal incision size
- Immediate post-operative stabilization
- True bone fusion by creating the conditions that ensures bony growth across the SI joint
- Potential for a rapid recovery
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