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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
The sacroiliac joint lies next to the bottom of the spine, below the lumbar spine and above the tailbone (coccyx). It connects the sacrum (the triangular bone at the bottom of the spine) with the pelvis (iliac crest).
The joint typically has the following characteristics :
- Small and very strong, reinforced by strong ligaments that surround it.
- Does not have much motion.
- Transmits all the forces of the upper body to the pelvis (hips) and legs.
- Acts as a shock-absorbing structure.
This source of pain can be caused by either :
- Too much movement (hypermobility or instability) : The pain is typically felt in the lower back and/or hip and may radiate into groin area.
- Too little movement (hypomobility or fixation) : The pain is typically felt on one side of the low back or buttocks, and can radiate down the leg. The pain usually remains above the knee, but at times pain can extend to the ankle or foot. The pain is similar to sciatica, or pain that radiates down the sciatic nerve and is caused by a radiculopathy.
- This condition is generally more common in young and middle-aged women.
Non Surgical Treatment For Joint Conditions
AMERICAN SPINE CENTER’s 360 protocol is unique and supported by evidence based medicine. It has been formulated in our primary branch in the USA and implemented in other branches and has been updated since 1991.
We have successfully treated more than 50,000 patients with this protocol at our branches in U.S.A and GCC.
At American Spine Center we not only focus on treating the symptoms of the disease but also on the underlying root cause.
Our aim is to treat the patient as a whole with successful results.
AMERICAN SPINE CENTER’s 360 protocol is based on 4 key principles
- 1. Consultation & Education : The first step towards a successful treatment is consultation and education. This includes a detailed history and physical examination and review of previous records with the patient. At this stage our specialists will recommend the appropriate medication regimen.
- 2. Physical Therapy : Physical therapy is one of the keys to managing joint pain. Our physical therapists actively engage the patient in rehabilitation and exercises. Physical therapy helps place patients on the right track by exercising weak points and regaining strength that may have been lost.
- 3. Non-Surgical Pain Procedures: These procedures are an integrated part of our successful protocol of non-surgical treatment, and it ensures success rates. A series of therapeutic injections are administered to very specific areas of the spine to alleviate pain that would otherwise interfere with daily life. Our Pain Physicians are skilled in using this advanced method of Pain Management with care and safety. We use C-ARM and ultrasound guide for precise placement of the needle for increased effectiveness and to avoid any potential side effect.
- 4. Nutrition & Wellness: We believe that the patient’s active participation with treatment protocol produces long-lasting results. We review all conditions as well as risk factors. We address many issues; such as smoking cessation, overweight problems, ergonomic posture, and exercises that can fit into any lifestyle or schedule. We feel that implementing these changes will improve the chances of long-lasting results so the patient can enjoy a normal active life.