What is the LinQ SI Joint Stabilization System?

The LinQ™ Stabilization System is a minimally invasive option for patients suffering from SI joint dysfunction and SI joint pain. The SI joint stabilization system is designed to help alleviate and (in many cases) eliminate chronic pain. The system utilizes an implant that is placed into the joint, allowing for immediate joint stability.

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How does the LinQ SI Joint Stabilization System work?

They system utilizes a unique procedure that is minimally invasive and involves implanting one small bone allograft into the SI joint. It is designed to stabilize and fuse the dysfunctional SI joint. The procedure is done through a single, small incision in the patient’s back and is done outpatient. Recovery time occurs rapidly, and patients can usually resume daily living activities within a couple of weeks, based on their rate of healing and their doctor’s recommendation.

Is the LinQ SI Joint Stabilization System right for me?

The system is intended for fusion of the sacroiliac joint in patients who have conditions such as degenerative sacroiliitis and sacroiliac joint disruptions. It is appropriate in patients where non-surgical treatments and conservative therapies have failed to eliminate pain. Our specialists at Optimal Pain and Regenerative Medicine can help determine if the LinQ SI Joint Stabilization System is right for your specific needs.

What is the SI or sacroiliac joint?

The SI joint is where the sacrum meets the ilium in the lower spine. It is located just below the waist, or beltline, on both the left and right side where the hip meets the tailbone. The sciatic nerve extends through the SI joint and buttocks. When the SI joint is unstable, it can cause low back, buttock and leg pain. The SI joint is responsible for stability in the spine and pelvis and to act as a shock absorber. It is a weight-bearing joint, responsible for transferring energy from the legs and torso when sitting, walking, standing or jumping.

Is it SI joint pain?

Lower back pain is a very common complaint; in fact, four out of five people will experience lower back pain in their lifetime. How do you know if your pain is SI joint related? Common symptoms of SI joint pain include:

  • Dull low back pain on one side (can be felt in the leg and buttock)
  • Sciatica-like symptoms, including leg pain, burning, numbness and tingling
  • Mild to moderate ache in the low-back area of the spine
  • Pain that worsens with activity
  • Pain that is usually on one side or the other
  • Pain that is worse in the morning
  • Pain that travels down the hip and groin (rarely will SI joint pain go below the knee)
  • Muscle tightness and tenderness in your hips or buttocks
  • Low back pain and stiffness, often on one side, that often increases with sitting or walking for prolonged periods of time
  • Pain that disrupts sleep
  • Feeling of leg instability

For more information on LinQ SI Joint Stabilization System, or on how we can help you with your lower back pain or SI fusion, please contact the offices of Optimal Pain and Regenerative Medicine serving Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area.