I had a fusion of L4-5 in May of 2003. I did well and recuperated with 6 months. However, throughout the last 11 years I have had what the physical therapist calls SI joint dysfunction. The PTs in our region use muscle energy techniques to manipulate the SI joint area which provides relief for extended periods of time. In October 2013, I scheduled an appointment with the surgeon that did my fusion in 2003. MRIs reveal degenerative changes in L3.
After a year on visits with the surgeon, he has ordered another series on MRI testing. In discussing the pain in the SI Joint, he informs me that there is no such thing as SI joint dysfunction. However, I could be having muscle pain in that area caused by tearing of the muscle which causes barbs to form on the muscle. The pain I am experiencing according to him is muscle pain. He used a long scientific name which I can not even remember. I was advise to you ice and a bone stimulator which I do not have, and insurance will not approve.
I believe the PTs when they say there is a SI dysfunction, because the muscle energy techniques have worked without fail for the last 11 years. I have also had 2 steroids injection into the SI on different occasions which helped tremendously with the pain. Is there any one else out there that has had a surgeon say there is no SI Joint dysfunction?