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knocking when I walk

clutzymecclutzyme Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
I had a spinal fusion at L5 to S1 20 yrs. ago with bolts and steffe plating. Since them I have had PT, injections, used NSAID's and found some relief but pain into my right leg is getting worse and the tingling and numbness comes and goes. Now I have a knocking in my low back when I walk which radiates up my spine. I can hear clumk, clumk, clumk when I move and it burns when I sit. Is this an SI problem. I have had numerous MRI's and Milograms but the hardware from my fusion distorts the pictues so makes it hard to see what is happening. The doctor thinks stenosis and the disc above the fusion is gone.


  • SIJ failure is also commonly associated with long term lumbar fusions, including those done with Steffee plating. If the pain is off to one side, and painful when you sit, the SIJ is a strong consideration. Some patients will describe mechanical sensations of clunking. Stenosis above the fusion is also common and may exist with or without an SIJ problem.
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