Minimally invasive treatment options may be used to treat some cases of sacroiliitis:
- Injections. Corticosteroid and anesthetic medications are injected into the joint to quickly decrease pain.
- Rhizotomy. Heat and radio frequency energy deaden nerves that send pain signals to the brain.
- Pain Stimulator. A pain stimulator delivers electric signals to nerves to stop pain signals to the brain.
If nonsurgical treatment options have not adequately reduced pain and symptoms, a minimally invasive surgical procedure, known as a Sacroiliac Joint Fusion may be used to treat sacroiliitis. During this procedure, arthritic cartilage and bone are removed and replaced with bone graft. A small plate and screws fixate adjacent bones to one another so the bone can fuse to form a single, solid bone. After recovery, pain and other symptoms no longer occur.
At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Spine Specialists, Dr. Mark Flanum, Dr. James Eule, and Dr. Curtis Mina are experts in treating sacroiliitis.
To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment to see one of our Spine Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla.