The treatment journey for SI joint pain relief may feel like a long one. Don't make it even longer by skipping any necessary steps toward getting the right diagnosis and treatment. Here are the steps patients usually take before and after an iFuse procedure.
- Print and Complete the Physician Information Sheet (PDF).
It covers your history, pain complaints, previous treatments, physical limitations, and questions to ask your doctor about your pain.
Find a Doctor Trained in SI Joint Diagnosis and Treatment.
A trained doctor will know which questions to ask and which exams you need to determine whether you pain is caused by your SI joint or something else, like your lumbar spine or hip. The symptoms can be similar.
- Be Sure Your Doctor Performs the Diagnostic Algorithm for SI Joint Pain (PDF).
To rule out other conditions, your doctor should gather your history and complaints, ask you to point to the pain, and perform the five SI joint provocative tests. If you have a significant positive clinical response, you'll likely also receive a diagnostic injection to confirm the diagnosis.
- Record All Steps You Take Toward Diagnosis, Treatment, and Relief.
You'll need this documentation for your insurance application. Follow your insurance policy's guidelines to ensure approval.
- Follow Your Doctor's Recommendations for Conservative Therapy.
Surgery is always a last resort. Try the medications, physical therapy, therapeutic injections, and other conservative therapies that your doctor recommends for SI joint paint relief. Again, document the results of all your activities.
- If Conservative Therapies Fail, Ask Your Doctor Whether You're a Candidate for iFuse, the Triangle Shaped Implant.
Your doctor will likely refer you to a surgeon, who will also ask you questions, give you a physical exam, and follow the diagnostic algorithm for SI joint pain. Find a surgeon near you.
- If You're Diagnosed with SI Joint Pain and Need Help Deciding Whether iFuse Is Right for You, Contact an SI Buddy.
Many iFuse patients have volunteered to talk to patients like you about their experience.
- Print the Patient Insurance Authorization Workbook (PDF).
If iFuse is determined a solution, your doctor's office may need to request prior-approval from your insurance before scheduling the procedure. All policies are different; this workbook will help explain the general approval process.
- If You Need Help with Insurance Approval, Contact SI-BONE for Support.
Be sure to gather all the documentation you have, including letters from your physical therapist, employer, and any other treatment provider about your condition to help support your case.
- Follow Your Doctor's Recommendations.
Your doctor will likely prescribed certain dos and do-nots in the first couple weeks after surgery. Follow them for the best outcome.
- Complete the Recommended Physical Therapy.
Physical therapy will help you get back your life more quickly and ensure the best outcome from your surgery. Don't skip sessions if you can help it!
- Share Your Story.
If you'd like to share your journey to lasting relief with others, we'd love to talk to you. Contact us to share your story.
- Become an SI Buddy.
As you return to normal life activities, we'd like to invite you to become an advocate for the iFuse procedure, and talk to people diagnosed with SI joint dysfunction who are considering iFuse. Here's how to be a buddy.
We all need a little help now and then, especially when trying to figure out whether a treatment is right for us or whether our insurance will cover it. We provide three kinds of support to help make life easier: insurance help, patient advocates, and a directory of doctors trained in the iFuse procedure.
Will Your Insurance Cover iFuse?
This is a common question for patients and providers alike. Minimally invasive surgical fusion of the SI joint is not universally covered by insurance companies.Find Answers
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