The LinQ™ Procedure
The LinQ™ Stabilization System is a minimally invasive option for patients suffering from sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction.
The LinQ SI Joint Stabilization System provides SI joint dysfunction patients with a minimally invasive option to combat pain. After a thorough diagnostic process, our physicians may be able to alleviate, and in many cases eliminate, chronic pain by placing a single LinQ allograft into the SI joint. This single implant may help patients immediately regain joint stability – and with its large graft window, the LinQ SI Joint Stabilization System helps create an ideal environment for long-term fusion.
What is the SI joint?
The sacroiliac joint or SI joint (SIJ) is the place where the sacrum and the ilium meet. It is located just below the beltline, on both the left and right side where the hip meets the tailbone. This joint has a large nerve that extends through the joint and buttocks. When instable this joint can cause low back and leg pain. The primary role of the SI joint is to provide stability and act as a shock absorber for the spine and pelvis. It bears the load of the upper body when you stand, sit, walk or jump before the forces reach your legs. It is an essential component for energy transfer from the legs and the torso.
What is SI joint dysfunction?
Low back pain is a common symptom that affects many people during their lifetime. For some, low back pain can be an acute, short-term problem. Others experience chronic, long-term symptoms that can limit mobility and effect their quality of life. Either way, the cause may or may not be your SI joint.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction generally refers to pain in the sacroiliac joint region that is caused by abnormal motion in the sacroiliac joint, either too much or too little motion due to the lack of support from the once strong and taut ligaments. In fact, research suggests the SI joint is the source of pain up to 30 percent of people with chronic low back pain. (*Rashbaum, J Spinal Disord, 2016)
Common problems of the sacroiliac joint are often called sacroiliac joint dysfunction (also termed SI joint dysfunction; SIJD). Your physician may also refer to sacroiliac joint pain by other terms like sacroiliitis, SI joint degeneration, SI joint inflammation, SI joint syndrome, SI joint disruption, SI joint insufficiency, SI joint strain and arthritis.
Find Out if the LinQ™ SI Joint Stabilization System is Right for You
SI joint disorders require appropriate interpretation of your history, clinical exam results, and imaging studies. An experienced healthcare provider trained in the diagnosis and treatment of SI joint dysfunction can help get you on a path to lasting relief.
To determine whether your pain is caused by your SI joint or another source, make an appointment to consult with a River City Sports & Spine physician today.
River City Sports & Spine Specialists offers the greater Columbus, GA and surrounding areas highly trained, board-certified medical staff with more than 37 years of experience diagnosing and treating spinal and other musculoskeletal disorders that lead to pain and mobility issues.
Our physicians specialize in non-surgical treatment options that alleviate spine and peripheral joint pain. We are experts in a wide variety of advanced, minimally invasive procedures that allow patients to return to their daily lives with little to no downtime.
Schedule an appointment with RCSSS today for an evaluation with one of our doctors and move forward with your life.