For most of the last century, doctors were taught that the SI joint did not move and therefore could not be a source of low back pain. Today, we know that's not true. Finding a doctor who is well trained in SI joint diagnosis and treatment gives you the best opportunity to understand the true source of your pain and step toward the correct treatment for you.
Trained Doctors Know SI Joint Tests and Indications
Doctors trained in considering the SI joint as a source of pain know which tests -- from provocative tests to SI joint diagnostic injections -- will help indicate or eliminate your SI joint as a cause of pain. And they know how to apply them. Remember, your pain may be due to your lumbar spine or hip, or a combination of problems. Getting the right diagnosis is the only way to discover the right treatment for you.
Since 2009, SI-BONE has trained thousands of healthcare providers worldwide in the use of iFuse Implant System®. Here's what the extensive training entails.
Trained Doctors Are Familiar with the iFuse Procedure
SI-BONE provides doctors extensive training with not only how to diagnose SI joint dysfunction properly, but also the implant surgical technique and its assisting technologies.
The iFuse Implant System is intended for sacroiliac fusion for conditions including sacroiliac joint dysfunction that is a direct result of sacroiliac joint disruption and degenerative sacroiliitis. This includes conditions whose symptoms began during pregnancy or in the peripartum period and have persisted postpartum for more than 6 months. The iFuse Implant System is also intended for sacroiliac fusion to augment stabilization and immobilization of the sacroiliac joint in skeletally mature patients undergoing sacropelvic fixation as part of a lumbar or thoracolumbar fusion. In addition, the iFuse Implant System is intended for sacroiliac fusion in acute, non-acute, and non-traumatic fractures involving the sacroiliac joint.
Trained doctors are familiar with the underlying causes and will design a treatment plan that is right for you.
Trained Doctors Understand Insurance Authorization Protocols
Minimally invasive SI joint fusion is a fairly new technique in the world of health insurance policies, and it may not be routinely covered by some health plans. Trained doctors know the steps you must take to help gain approvals.
For example, some patients respond to physical therapy, use of oral medications, as well as injection therapy, and insurance carriers want to know that you've tried these conservative therapies before considering surgery.
If non-surgical options like these fail to provide relief, minimally invasive surgery is an option for some causes of SI joint pain.
Remember, there are potential risks associated with any surgery, including the iFuse Implant System. It may not be appropriate for all patients and not all patients may benefit.
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