As many as 25% of Americans with low back pain may have a condition known as sacroiliitis. At Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center, with offices in Sandy Springs and the College Park area of Atlanta, Georgia, the experienced medical team offers diagnosis and treatment to alleviate the chronic pain of sacroiliitis. Learn more about the customized treatment options available for sacroiliitis by calling the office nearest you or by using the online booking system to schedule an appointment.
Sacroiliitis is an inflammatory condition causing pain within the sacroiliac joint. Symptoms include pain in the lower back region, hips, or buttocks. It can often cause referred pain down the leg, into the foot or groin.
Sacroiliitis is typically aggravated when a person goes from sitting to standing, standing for extended periods of time, climbing stairs, or taking long strides. It is often a missed diagnosis for back pain, and the joint itself and the spine often look normal.
Sacroiliitis can develop as the result of degeneration in your sacroiliac joints due to the natural aging process, traumatic injury, or progressive conditions, like arthritis.
Sacroiliitis can also develop as a result of pregnancy when the joints stretch in preparation for childbirth.
There are several effective pain-relieving options available for sacroiliitis. In many cases, injection therapy can alleviate pain and inflammation in the joints. Injection therapy involves the injection of a local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medications directly into the joint or the nerves that surround the joint.
For pain not relieved by injection therapy, your Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center physician may recommend a rhizotomy. This procedure uses radiofrequency heat energy to destroy nerves and stop pain signals from traveling to the brain. Over time, the treated nerves regenerate and no longer cause pain.
To prevent a worsening of pain, your Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center physician creates a pain management plan. They customize each plan based on your medical history, current symptoms, and severity of your pain. The goal is to keep you mobile and physically active while ensuring that your pain is well-controlled.
If you have sacroiliitis and haven’t found relief from other treatments, schedule an appointment at Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center today by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online.