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SI joint inflammation after L1-L5 fusion

janiskijjaniski Posts: 679
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in New Member Introductions
}:) I recently had 2 spinal fusion, a L4-L5 at first (360 with instrumentation). Six months later I had L1-L5 fused. I am almost a year out from the 2nd surgery and am having low back pain which the surgeon suspects is SI joint inflammation. I am starting acupuncture and if that is not successful than an injection into the joint. Has anyone else had SI joint problems after a fusion??
L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.


  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i do not have your exact problems but we all have pain in common. good luck with your new treatment. Jenny :)
  • You might want to check out the surgery section for an answer to your question. There are lots of people that have had fusions here and lots of people that have had problems afterwards. I am sure that somebody in the same situation that you are in will come along to answer your question. Good luck and please keep us posted on your progress.
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  • ...and welcome to Spine-health.com

    SI joint pain is fairly common after L5-S1 fusion -quite a few of us here have experienced it, including myself. In my case, I had an excellent Physical Therapist, who looked after my surgery rehab. She was very experienced in spine rehab after surgery, and when I explained the particular pain I had at the time she diagnosed SI joint pain. After several sessions of her manipulating the SI joints over 3 weeks and giving me exercises to do at home, the joints came right after a month or so and ever since then, no more SI joint pain. So, i suggest that if you don't have one already, you find a good physical therapist and seek help there.

    Hope this helps.

    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • Wow Bruce painfree life........sounds too good to be true, just goes to show that there are success stories out there..bruce u say pain free..........do you get weakness in legs or arms or nerve damage as a result of your surgeries? just curious to know..............you seem to have done brillantly
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