When back pain may not be back pain – Milton Daily Standard

Back pain is far from uncommon. But a lot of people seeking relief by seeing an orthopaedic specialist find it’s not a back problem at all. A joint called the sacroiliac joint connects the pelvis to the lowest part of the spine. The purpose of the joint is to serve as a shock absorber. However if the joint is injured or degenerates a patient may have pain that feels like disc or back pain. If diagnosed as such, an anti-inflammatory injection every few months may solve the pain. In more severe cases a minimally invasive surgery requiring a night stay in the hospital may be required. Three to six weeks of little activity is needed in this case. Sometimes a sacroiliac joint condition will accompany a hip or back condition so an orthopaedic specialist should be seen for a correct diagnosis.

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