DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., November 6, 2013 – On Thursday, October 24, nearly 100 community members came to Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center to hear neurosurgeon Robert Martin, MD, discuss the signs and symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction, otherwise known as SI joint instability.
“Lower back pain is the second most common complaint of patients seeking medical attention,” Dr. Martin. “It is so common and it frequently occurs. It effects 80 percent of the population and is the second leading reason to seek medical attention.”
Recent studies indicate that approximately 20 percent of lower back pain may be due to SI joint instability, the Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center neurosurgeon said.
Some of the common causes SI joint dysfunction are degenerative disease, history of trauma, pregnancy and childbirth, or lumbar fusion.
“Radiculopathy, otherwise known as sciatica, refers to the pain that travels down the leg, usually past the knee,” Dr. Martin said. “Radiculopathy was initially thought to be from problem with the sciatic nerve, but now we know it is usually caused by a lumbar nerve root problem or nerve compression.”
According to Dr. Martin, less than 3 percent of patients with lower back pain will need surgery to relieve a radiculopathy.
About Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a nonprofit health-care organization committed to hope, health and healing. A recipient of the 2012 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for performance excellence, and named the safest hospital in the state by Consumer Reports, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a national leader in patient experience. The medical center includes two hospitals in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, a Comprehensive Cancer Center on the main campus in Daytona Beach, an outpatient facility in Port Orange, and an imaging center. With more than 1,800 employees and employed physicians, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a member of Adventist Health System which operates 44 hospitals in 10 states. For more information, call (386) 231-6000 or visit www.floridahospitalmemorial.org.