The statistics are overwhelming. Millions of individuals that suffer from low back pain and are not getting the relief that they could simply because conventional medicine overlooks a common condition.
When you’re dealing with chronic low back pain, it’s difficult to focus on anything other than your discomfort. The agonizing and sometimes debilitating pain can cause us to miss out on the important things, like spending time with our families, or being productive at work. Even the simplest daily activities can require monumental strength to muster through them. One of the most widespread causes of low back pain demands a specially trained health care provider to diagnose and treat the condition.
Where most low back pain occurs
Sacroiliac (SI) joint instability, also known as SI dysfunction, is very often undiagnosed because most physicians are not trained in this ligament sprain or joint malalignment disorder. The sacrum is the bottom portion of the spine, and the Ilium are the two large bones on each side of the sacrum that form the pelvic region. Most cases of low back pain occur due to damage in this very small section of the low back: the lower lumbar and sacral spine. (See figure 1.)
Very often, this area is misaligned, and the ligaments that hold the joints together are under extreme tension.
The Symptoms Of SI Joint Instability:
• Pain with sitting, standing, or walking
• Numbness or tingling
• Pain that permeates down the legs
• Sciatic pain
• Groin and hip pain
• Gait issues
• Popping/cracking of the spine
• Chronic low back muscle tightness/spasms
What Causes Sacroiliac Joint Instability?
The most common cause of SI dysfunction is injury or trauma. If you’ve been in an auto accident or fallen on your hip or buttocks, you may have sprained/damaged the ligaments that hold your SI joint in place. (See figure 2.)
Any damage or weakening to the ligaments that hold our joints together, if not repaired, lead to degenerative pain conditions. The pain is an indication of tissue damage along the sacroiliac ligaments.
Often, people do not realize they have sacroiliac joint instability because they cannot remember a precise cause or trauma to the area. It takes an expert who performs a thorough physical examination, and not just reads an MRI report, to diagnose and treat their condition properly.
For women, being pregnant can cause some issues with joint pain due to the hormonal release that causes the pelvic region to relax and stretch as it prepares to make room within the birth canal. Other issues that cause SI dysfunction are spine misalignment, stenosis, and leg length discrepancies to name a few. In almost all cases of SI pain, there is instability of the SI joint due to ligament weakness.
Instead of masking the pain with addictive medications or undergoing risky, unnecessary surgery, Prolotherapy has been offering patients real relief and a restorative effect for their SI dysfunction.
What is Prolotherapy?
It is a minimally invasive, natural injection technique that causes a localized inflammatory response which initiates your own growth factors to repair the area. (See figure 3.)
The body has the substances needed for repair, just like a cut or a broken bone will eventually heal. But ligament healing is limited because of a poor blood supply to ligament tissue in our bodies. Prolotherapy treatments, in essence, open the door for the cells to get where they need to go in the joint to repair the damage.
Prolotherapy exhibits ongoing proven results that show the potential to slow down the progression of joint dysfunction. When used in combination with exercise/physical therapy and a healthy lifestyle, the rapid onset of healing and pain reduction are significantly increased.
Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics utilizes H3 Prolotherapy—the world’s most scientifically curative regenerative injection method for chronic pain, sports injuries, and osteoarthritis. Their clinic provides hope for patients who are trying to avoid joint surgery, as well as those who have already tried multiple treatments, surgeries, or even other less comprehensive injection therapies.
If you are looking for the top non-surgical pain specialists, Caring Medical is the clinic to consult. For over 25 years, they have been the trusted experts and an international destination clinic for patients who are frustrated with the pain “management” cycle of medications, steroid shots, or other short-term symptom relief, and want to find permanent, natural resolution.
To find out more about Prolotherapy or other alternative options for your pain, please contact Caring Medical today at 239-303-4546, or visit their website at www.CaringMedical.com.
Ross A. Hauser, MD.
Katherine Worsnick, MPAS, PA-C