surgeon Dr. Clay Frank, who practices and performs procedures at the
Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, was introduced to sacroiliac (SI)
joint pain during his spine surgery fellowship in North Carolina more
than 20 years ago.
He believes that
for the longest time this joint pain has been overlooked by spine
surgeons and that a lot of people are suffering from lower back pain
three generations of spine surgeons didnít know what was causing the
common pain that a quarter of all lower back patients have," says
years. Frank is now a champion of SI joint fusion, a minimally
invasive and safe surgery that has an 80 percent success rate. For
many, it brings instant pain relief after years of suffering.
Some of the most
common causes of SI joint pain include lower back trauma, child-birth,
prior spine fusion surgeries, or degenerative changes causing the
joints to become
of Sussex knows what it means to suffer from lower back pain and SI
dysfunction. In 2006, before even turning 30, she underwent lumbar
fusion surgery. While that surgery relieved her pain and allowed her
to stay active for several years, her pain returned in 2013, and it
began robbing her of living her life and doing daily activities,
including the ability to lift her 4-year-old daughter.
such a debilitating pain," says Christianson.
with her doctor, she was turned on to Frank and enrolled in a clinical
study that allowed her to undergo SI joint fusion. She says since
meeting Frank and undergoing treatment more than two years ago, her
life has completely changed, and sheís now pain free.
like this whole journey for me has been a gift," says
been doing this 20 years, and Iíve never seen anything this powerful
introduced into spine surgical care," adds Frank.