Because many of the symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction and/or inflammation mimic symptoms of low back pain, such as pain in your low back and legs, it may not initially be correctly diagnosed. A trained and experienced doctor is your best resource for correctly identifying the root cause(s) of low back pain and discomfort.
It has been reported that up to 30% of all chronic low back pain is due to SI joint dysfunction.1,2 However, patients with SI joint dysfunction may not be correctly diagnosed, leading to unnecessary treatment such as lumbar spine surgery. Additionally, the sacroiliac joint is the most likely source of low back pain after lumbar fusion.3
Treatment options for sacroiliac joint dysfunction and/or inflammation should be individualized to each patient. The most common conservative (nonsurgical) treatment methods include:
Patients who have not responded sufficiently to conservative treatment therapies for SI joint dysfunction and/or inflammation may be a candidate for surgical intervention. The surgical procedure leads to a fusion across the sacroiliac joint.
The SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System is a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedure for patients with sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction and/or inflammation (sacroiliitis) who have not gained relief from conservative care. The SImmetry System is the only MIS process with the proprietary SImmetry Decorticator® that allows surgeons to prepare the articular region of the joint and insert bone graft into the joint to help facilitate a true bone fusion. The SImmetry procedure enables a more rapid return to regular activities for patients and a greater potential for a successful SI joint fusion.
The SImmetry System is the only minimally invasive SI joint fusion system that includes all three critical steps to achieve true bone fusion across the SI joint:
Unlike traditional, open fusion surgery of the sacroiliac joint, which has been practiced for decades, is complex, has a high complication rate, and generally poor outcomes, the new SImmetry minimally invasive surgical procedure offers: