Diagnosis and treatment of sacroiliac joint pain

Jonathan N. Sembrano, Mark A. Reiley, David W. Polly, Steven R. Garfin

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Low back pain is the most common type of adult pain and is a leading cause of disability. While this complaint may be ubiquitous, there are many possible causes. Studies have shown that the sacroiliac joint is the cause in approximately 15% of patients with low back pain. The exact pattern is complex. Provocative physical examination maneuvers may help provide a presumptive sacroiliac joint pain diagnosis. Confirmatory diagnosis is achieved with diagnostic injection. For disabling pain that fails to respond to nonoperative treatment, surgical fusion may be necessary; different fusion approaches have been described and are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-350
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Orthopaedic Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Low back pain
  • Sacroiliac joint fusion
  • Sacroiliac joint pain


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