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I have a 30 + year history of back problems. I have gone to every Dr. imaginable for relief. For many years the ortho's have told me there is no sugical options as in "they see nothing wrong". I have been going the chiropratic route for 31 years and this is the only relief I get. I have had prolo injections in the my SI and facet joints multiple times. These proved worthless. The recuring theme in all these years is degenerative disk and maybe for the last 10 years SI joint problems. Every time I go to the chiroprator they say the same thing "your SI joint is open" meaning the joint is out of place likely due to lax ligaments holding the joints in place. Anyway - they make the adjustments and when I walk out the door I feel young again until the next time which for the last 6 months is about every week to 2 weeks. The chiropractors have explained to me that when the SI joint moves out of it's "indexed " position the body tightens the whole area including the low back to protect the joint which can produce extreme low back pain. The joint itself never hurts. I have had pain down one side all the way to my big toe at times.

Recently I setup an appointment with a teaching orthopedic surgeon who specializes in SI joint disfunction. He did an MRI and then suggested fusion of S1 - L5 - L4 due to lack of disk space. He did not buy the chiropractors "story" about the SI joint problem. He also stated that this might not relive me of the problem.

Any comments on this whole mess would be appreciated... after dealing with this for 34 years I am still no closer to a solution and at 59 years of age I am getting more than a little scared as to what my life will be like as I get older.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    I think getting another medical opinion would be great. If you insurance provide will allow you, seeing another spine specialist (neurosurgeon, neurologist, etc) to view your MRI might provide you with more details.

    I have never been a big fan of chiropractors for people that have spinal problems. They know there areas of expertise and can help there, but.....

    Its interesting that you indicated that you saw all those doctors and none of them saw anything really wrong, so surgery wasn't even considered. What were the action plans those doctors did put in place for you?
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Hi there-

    We sound like we share some of the same problems! I've been treated primarily for problems at l5/s1, but I'm also having some problems with my SI joint. I hear that an overwhelming number of people who are fused at L5/S1 go on to have SI joint problems, so I am trying to get mine resolved now!

    But, on the upside, I also understand that spondy/stenosis/DDD at this level can actually contribute to SI joint problems, by causing tight hamstrings and hip flexors, which can pull the joint out of alignment. Those L5/S1 problems can also cause muscle spasms, which can also throw the joint off.

    I agree with earlier poster: Get other opinions. A couple of days before you go, sit down and write out every question you can think of, regarding proposed treatments, how it will affect your SI joint, etc. Take that in, and refuse to vacate the office until you've had every question answered.

    Good luck and keep us posted!
  • I have been to PT on 8 different occasions over the years... all say I have tight hamstrings and overly tight muscles. All have put my back out. One told me it was my lack of tone in my ab's. He wanted to prove it and put a belt around me and put his knee in my back while he held my stomach in with the belt and had me bend forward... my back blew out. I could barely walk out of the office and drive home. He had nothing to say. Another told me my discs were like jelly donuts and when I walked up hills I was squishing the disk out the back. I've been told it is all in my head. I've been told I have "bad" feet. I am no further along in my quest than I was 30 years ago - So far no-one has correctly determined what is wrong.
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