When will I need surgery for my SI joint pain?

Remember, as with any other medical condition, surgery should be the last resort for SI joint pain too. In many patients, non-surgical treatments like physical therapy, stretching exercises, and chiropractic manipulation will help.

Some patients will require other treatment options like:

  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications
  • Topical patches
  • Creams
  • Salves
  • Mechanical bracing
  • Joint injections
  • Nerve ablations

If these non-surgical treatments don’t provide you the pain relief, your doctor may prescribe minimally-invasive sacroiliac joint fusion surgery.

During this surgery, a small incision will be made through which the surgeon will place metal implants and bone graft to stabilize your joint and to enhance bone growth.