Intense Ache in Pelvis, Buttocks & Lower Back: Rebecca's iFuse Story | SI-BONE
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Rebecca's Story

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SI Joint Trauma
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
October, 2011 Left side
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"I had to put my PhD program on hold because the pain dominated my ability to concentrate."


Rebecca’s car was rear ended while she was stopped at a red light in 2010. She sought immediate medical attention because she felt severe low back pain upon impact. The doctor examined Rebecca and informed her that she had a lower back sprain. Ten days after the accident, Rebecca reported to her internist that she was feeling an intense ache in her pelvis, buttocks and lower back. Her internist provided Rebecca with a referral for physical therapy and a pain management doctor. Rebecca’s pain doctor concluded that the pain was coming from her SI joint. He administered an SI joint injection from which she felt immediate relief. Rebecca continued on with her physical therapy and SI joint injections for one and a half years, but eventually, the injections became less and less effective. She began searching for answers on the internet and learned about the iFuse procedure.


Rebecca underwent the iFuse procedure on her left SI joint in October 2011. She recalls experiencing surgical pain during her early recovery but the deep SI Joint pain began to gradually decrease. Within three months, Rebecca was beginning to feel back to normal, and by February, she had resumed many aspects of her active lifestyle.

The SI Buddy® program is reserved for patients who have been diagnosed by a trained surgeon and recommended for the iFuse procedure. SI Buddy volunteers have been successfully treated with the iFuse Implant System®. Although many patients have benefited from treatment with the iFuse Implant System, patients' results may vary. They are not medical professionals and their statements should not be interpreted as medical advice.

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 immobilization and stabilization of the sacroiliac joint in skeletally mature patients undergoing sacropelvic fixation as a 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.

There are potential risks associated with the iFuse Implant System. It may not be appropriate for all patients and all patients may not benefit. For information about the risks, talk to your doctor and visit: Rx Only.

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