Nearly everyone, as we age, develops arthritis of the spine. Many patients are told that they “need" surgery based on x-ray findings. Rest assured, it is very uncommon to “need” surgery for the spine.
The sacroiliac joint is located at the junction of the spine and the pelvis. It functions as a shock absorber that cushions against the force of your upper body. At least 15% of patients with low back pain will actually have sacroiliac joint pain.
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A common question asked by an orthopedic surgeon during a new patient visit is: where exactly is your pain? The physician may ask several other questions about the pain: Can you point with one finger to the spot that hurts the most? Does the pain travel anywhere?
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