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.