Sacroiliac Joint Treatment

Board Certified Neurosurgeons & Minimally Invasive Spine Specialists located in Charleston & Ladson, SC

Sacroiliac joint pain is similar to other common pain conditions like a herniated disc or hip arthritis and is often overlooked. Dr. Sabino DAgostino, is a board-certified neurosurgeon at Seaside Spine Specialists in Charleston and Ladson, South Carolina, with advanced training in diagnosing this type of pain, offering many sacroiliac joint treatment options, including minimally invasive surgery. Call Seaside Spine Specialists or schedule an appointment online to learn more about sacroiliac joint treatment.

Sacroiliac Joint Treatment Q & A

What causes sacroiliac joint pain?

Sacroiliac pain occurs when there’s damage to the sacroiliac (SI) joint, the synovial joint that connects the spine to the pelvis. The bones that make up the SI joint are held tightly together by strong ligaments and muscles and cushioned by highly innervated cartilage.

Your SI joint has limited mobility and primarily stabilizes the body and acts as a shock absorber during activities like walking and lifting. 

As you age, the SI joint's ligaments and muscles loosen, and the cartilage wears away. These degenerative changes allow the bones in the joint to rub together, causing pain. 

When should I consider sacroiliac joint treatment?

You should consider scheduling a sacroiliac joint treatment consultation at Seaside Spine Specialists if you have lower back or buttock pain that radiates into the hip, groin, or upper thigh on one side of the body. These symptoms are common with sacroiliac pain.

It’s not unusual for health professionals to misdiagnose sacroiliac pain as a back pain condition because of the type of symptoms it causes. Dr. DAgostino has advanced training that helps him accurately identify SI pain and provide an effective sacroiliac joint treatment plan.

Testing for SI pain may include moving your hip and leg into specific positions. This helps Dr. DAgostino find the source of your discomfort. He may also order imaging tests to rule out a spine or hip condition. 

If Dr. DAgostino suspects your SI joint is the source of your pain, he then performs a diagnostic SI joint injection, which contains a corticosteroid and local anesthetic that goes directly into the joint. If your pain decreases following the injection, then you have SI pain. 

What are my sacroiliac joint treatment options?

Dr. DAgostino customizes your sacroiliac joint treatment plan, offering non-invasive and surgical treatment options. Initially, he may recommend conservative interventions such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and additional joint injections.

If non-surgical interventions fail to improve your pain, he performs a procedure at Seaside Spine Specialists’s outpatient surgery center to fuse the bones together. This procedure is a minimally invasive, same-day surgery that takes about an hour.

Dr. DAgostino treats all pain conditions using the least invasive method to give you the best possible outcomes. 

Learn more about sacroiliac joint treatment at Seaside Spine Specialists by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.