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Could a pre-operative bilateral SIJ injection for lumbar fusion candidates be a diagnostic tool to identify SIJ pain patients?

Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain, an elusive generator of lower back pain (LBP), affects 10-30% of lumbar patients with nonradicular pain. However, there is no diagnostic indicator that can be used as a reliable tool to screen SIJ pain. This prospective study uses a pre-operative bilateral injection, targeting a goal to develop a diagnostic tool to screen the incidence of SIJ problems. Expected outcome(s) is this procedure will provide the necessary SIJ pain information to optimize surgical plans.

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