Sacral Joint Fusion for Pain Management

Sacral joint fusion is a surgical procedure in which the sacral joints, which are located at the base of the spine, are fused together. This procedure is typically done to treat chronic lower back pain and instability in the sacral region. It is typically performed using metal screws and rods to hold the sacral bones in place while they heal. 

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Sacral Joint Fusion Treated Conditions

  • Lower back pain – Lower back pain occurs when a person experiences discomfort in the lower back region, ranging from a dull ache to sharp, stabbing pain. This can be the result of many occurrences including strain and injury. 
  • Pelvis/buttock pain – Pain within the pelvis and buttock is a common complaint among adults and is often caused by muscle overuse, strains or injury
  • Hip/groin pain – Hip and groin pain are also frequent complaints that various conditions, such as muscular strains, bursitis, arthritis, overuse injuries, pinched nerves, and fractures can bring on.  
  • The feeling of leg instability – Leg instability can be a disorienting or even frightening sensation. This is a sensation of unease or trembling in the legs, as though one could lose balance at any time. 
  • Disturbed sleep patterns due to pain – Pain-related sleep disturbances can significantly affect a person’s life. By relieving pain and boosting joint stability, sacral joint fusion is a successful treatment that can assist in restoring sleep patterns that are affected by discomfort. 
  • Disturbed sitting patterns – Improper sitting patterns can be caused by various physical and psychological issues, and can result in poor posture, fatigue, muscle tension, and stress. 
  • Pain when going from sitting to standing – Pain when moving from a seated position to standing is common in people who are inactive or have poor posture and can be exacerbated by underlying medical conditions such as arthritis. 

Why Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers?

Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers is the ideal destination for advanced Sacral Joint Fusion treatment services. We offer a comprehensive, personalized approach to pain management and specialize in using minimally invasive procedural techniques to reduce pain in the sacral area. Our double board-certified surgeons are highly experienced and knowledgeable in the latest treatments and technologies. 

Sacral Joint Fusion FAQ

The treatment for sacroiliac joint pain will depend on the underlying cause and the severity of the pain. In many cases, a combination of non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy, medications, and lifestyle changes, can help to manage the pain and improve function. In some cases, however, surgery, such as Sacroiliac Joint Fusion, may be necessary to repair or stabilize the sacroiliac joint. 

Recovery from sacral joint fusion typically takes several months. After the procedure, patients must wear a brace to provide stability and support to the fused joint. Many patients are also advised to work with a physical therapist to perform stretching and strengthening exercises to improve joint stability and range of motion. As the fusion heals, the patient will gradually be able to return to their normal activities.