Neurosurgeon to discuss lower back pain treatment

Laura Garcia By Laura Garcia

Aug. 3, 2017 at 9:06 p.m.
Updated Aug. 4, 2017 at 6 a.m.

   MCT PHOTO for The Victoria Advocate

A neurosurgeon from South Texas Brain & Spine Center will talk about an often-overlooked cause of lower back pain at a free presentation Saturday.

Dr. Mathew Alexander will host a presentation about the iFuse Implant System, which is a minimally invasive surgical option for patients who aren't responding to conservative treatments.

Alexander estimates up to 30 percent of lower back symptoms are related to the sacroiliac (SI) joint.

The SI joint connects the triangular bone at the bottom of the spine to the pelvis iliac crest. Strong ligaments encase each joint and allow about 2 to 4 millimeters of movement during weight-bearing and forward flexion.

But when these ligaments become damaged because of normal wear and tear or injury, they may inflame the joint and surrounding nerves.

Alexander said physicians should perform several diagnostic tests to determine whether the SI joint is contributing in whole or in part to a patient's symptoms.

He said many people live with chronic pain because they are afraid of surgery, and some have opted for laser surgery, which is not supported by medical literature.

Alexander has been performing the iFuse Implant System for several years in Corpus Christi.

The surgery involves the insertion of three titanium implants across the SI joint.

Alexander opened his group practice 13 years ago and has an office in Victoria at 302 E. Airline Road.

The neurosurgeon said the event is informal and open for people to ask questions about lower back pain treatment options.


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