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Options for SI joint pain treatment explained by the spine experts at Laser Spine Institute Tampa

SI joint pain can be one of the most detrimental spine conditions to your quality of life. If you have SI joint pain, you understand how complications from this condition — like difficulty walking or standing — can interfere with your daily activities. Without SI joint pain treatment, your symptoms can continue to worsen until even the simplest tasks can feel impossible. There are many options for SI joint pain treatment, so be sure to consult your doctor about the best method for your specific needs.

For many patients, a series of conservative, nonsurgical SI joint pain treatment is an effective method of relieving the pain and symptoms of this condition. However, not all patients are able to find relief through conservative treatments alone. Some may require surgery to address SI joint degeneration and damage. Your doctor can recommend which treatment option is best for you.

Conservative treatment for SI joint pain

Treatment for SI joint pain often begins using a combination of some of the most common nonsurgical (conservative) treatment options for spine conditions, such as:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot/cold compresses
  • Weight loss
  • Other lifestyle changes
  • Stretching
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Corticosteroid injections

You may require several weeks or months of continued treatment before you notice any real change in your symptoms. While conservative treatment is effective for many patients, you may require surgery if your symptoms are still persistent after this amount of time.

Surgical SI joint pain treatment

If you are recommended for surgery to help treat your SI joint pain, research the minimally invasive surgical options at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a smaller incision than what is used during traditional open back surgery, and it uses muscle-sparing techniques, making it the clinically appropriate first choice between the two.^

To determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute Tampa and request a no-cost review* of your MRI or CT scan.