Radiofrequency Ablation for Chronic Sacroiliac Joint Pain

sacroiliac-painThe largest axial joint in your body is the Sacroiliac (SI) Joint, which lies next to the bottom of your spine, just above the tailbone (coccyx). This small but very strong joint has many important functions, including bolstering stability, allowing adequate range of motion, and acting as a shock-absorber.

Pain generated in the SI joint or surrounding area can present as low back pain, leg pain, sacral pain, pelvic pain, or gluteal pain, and the intensity can vary significantly. Numbness, popping, clicking, or groin pain can also occur. SI joint pain affects between 15 and 25% of people.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a safe and proven nonsurgical means of SI joint pain treatment. It works by using a low level of radio frequency current to heat up a small area of nervous tissue, interrupting the pain signals. For patients who obtain significant but only short-term benefit from diagnostic blocks, RFA may provide a reasonable treatment alternative. The paper written by Dr. Anita Gupta, DO, Pharm D in Pain Medicine News June 2010 reviews several techniques for RFA but sites current evidence favoring lateral branch RF lesioning as the most effective treatment option.

At Southwest Spine and Sports all our fellowship and board-certified Physicians are qualified to perform these RFA techniques. Contact our office today (480) 860-8998 or website today to schedule an appointment and help us to help you live a pain-free life.