Lower back pain is one of the most common job-related disabilities and the number one cause of missed workdays. Between 15-30% of chronic lower back pain conditions are because of problems with the sacroiliac joint. Pain management specialist Ana Maria Platon, MD, treats many patients with sacroiliac joint pain at The Pain Specialist in Stockbridge, Georgia. If you’re in pain, make an appointment before it gets worse. Call today, or book using the online booking tool.
The sacroiliac joint (or SI joint) supports your upper body weight when you stand or walk and shift the load to your legs. You have two sacroiliac joints, and they both sit in your lower back, one on each side of your spine.
There are several signs that the pain you experience is from the sacroiliac joint. These include:
Dr. Platon has the training to recognize the symptoms of sacroiliac joint pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should discuss them with her.
Many factors can contribute to sacroiliac joint pain, including
Cartilage inside the SI joint can wear down with age and lead to osteoarthritis.
If you’re involved in a car accident or have a fall, the resulting trauma can cause SI joint injury.
When pregnant, your body releases a hormone to relax the hip joints, which makes the SI joints more unstable.
Abnormal walking patterns can cause SI joint dysfunction.
Dr. Platon reviews your lifestyle and medical history to pinpoint the cause of your pain. It’s helpful to prepare before your appointment, so you have this information ready to discuss.
Dr. Platon uses integrative medicine techniques to treat sacroiliac joint pain. Here’s a closer look at some of them.
Dr. Platon advises her patients to stop doing activities that inflame the SI joint.
Dr. Platon may work with another specialty to incorporate physical therapy into your treatment plan. There are several techniques you can try, including stretching, massage, and hot and cold treatments.
When physical therapy doesn’t have any effect, Dr. Platon recommends radiofrequency ablation. It’s a long-term, nonsurgical procedure that uses heat delivered through a radiofrequency needle to destroy damaged nerves and tissues.
With proper treatment and pain management, you can ease sacroiliac pain relief and get back to doing almost everything you did before. Make an appointment at The Pain Specialist today. Call to book, or use the online booking tool.