Sacroiliac Joint Procedure Bellevue & Redmond

Chris Boone, MD

Are you experiencing pain in the lower back? Have you experienced sensations of pain in the buttock or upper thigh or hip area? Do you have pain with sitting for long periods? Have you had a hard time diagnosing the cause of your symptoms? If so, you may be experiencing sacroiliac or SI joint pain.

Studies have shown that the sacroiliac joint is responsible for the pain in up to 30 percent of patients suffering from lower back pain. In the past, these patients would be subjected to invasive surgical procedures with significant recovery times and long-term impacts. Dr Boone offers patients a less invasive alternative for pain relief called I-Fuse.

Schedule an appointment to consult with Dr. Boone and he will work with you to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment.

Sacroiliac Joint Procedure

What is the Sacroiliac Joint?

The sacroiliac joint is a joint located within the pelvis. This joint links the spine to the axial skeleton or lower extremities. This joint is a shock absorber that protects the spine when you are engaged in activity. The joint accommodates forces and transfers weight from the legs through the pelvis as well as from the upper body.

Steps in Diagnosis of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

The general steps involved in diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction include:

  • Studying the patient’s medical history. Where does it hurt? What makes it hurt?
  • Asking the patient to point to where they feel pain
  • A full physical examination that includes provocative tests that stress the Sacroiliac joint. These tests often recreate the pain experienced by the patient.
  • Injecting the area with anesthesia and watching to see if the pain goes away. This is called a diagnostic injection.
Sacroiliac Joint Procedure

Causes of Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Sacroiliac joint pain is a condition that can result from degeneration, trauma or hypermobility. Common traumatic causes of sacroiliac joint pain include motor vehicle accidents, pregnancy, repeated lifting or twisting, falls, or anything else that can cause an abnormal force on the SI joint. Degenerative causes of sacroiliac joint pain include osteoarthritis, differences in leg length and past infections of the SI joint. Another common cause of Sacroiliac joint pain is previous lumbar surgery and/or fusion. When a patient has a lumbar fusion the lumbar spine loses motion. This loss of motion gets transferred to the SI joint causing increase stress and pain in this region.

Finally patients that have a propensity towards hypermobility will often experience SI joint pain. These conditions cause the ligaments of the SI joint to loosen allowing abnormal motion through the SI joint. This abnormal motion causes inflammation and pain. Examples of such causes include Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and pregnancy.

A Minimally invasive Surgical Procedure for Sacroiliac Joint Pain (SIJ)

Previous SI joint fusion surgery was a large invasive endeavor that required a long procedure time and even longer recovery time. With the development if I-Fuse SI fusion surgery patients can now undergo a same day procedure and are walking within hours of surgery. Patients typically use crutches or a walker for a week or two and by 6 weeks are typically happy they had the procedure noticing significant decreases in preoperative pain levels. Most patients are 90% healed by 3-4 months from surgery. I-Fuse presents less downtime and lower risk of complications with shorter surgical times, smaller incisions, and state of the art 3-D printed triangular implants.

Why Choose Chris Boone, MD for Sacroiliac Joint Pain (SIJ) Treatment

Dr. Boone and his team offer a patient-centered experience. We provide patients with options for non-invasive sacroiliac joint treatment including therapy and injections. Only when all non-operative treatment options have been exhausted do we then discuss and offer the minimally invasive I-Fuse procedure.

Dr. Boone has performed over 200 of these procedures putting him in the top 5% of all surgeons in the world. He is an industry leader and has extensive experience applying these techniques to help improve the quality of life of our patients.

Ready for the Chris Boone, MD Experience?

Take the first step to treating your low back pain by scheduling a consultation with Dr Boone and his staff. With your first visit you will get an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your pain and learn whether you can benefit from our treatments.