(WTNH) – Dr. Peter Whang, an orthopaedic surgeon from Yale, is the co-author of a groundbreaking study into a new treatment for one of the causes of low back pain.

Low back pain sends more than 15 million people to the doctor’s office or emergency room every year, second only to the common cold.  Low back pain costs our healthcare system $86 Billion per year.

Several published studies have shown 15-30% of low back pain is actually coming from the sacroiliac joint. The sacroiliac joint is the connection between the pelvis and the lumbar spine. The SI Joint transfers forces from the lower body to the upper body and vice versa. Surgery had been more or less abandoned for the SI Joint for the last 60 years because it was too invasive.

In 2010, a company in San Jose, California called SI-BONE launched the iFuse Implant System, a minimally invasive surgical system to treat certain causes of sacroiliac joint pain. Since then more than 19,000 procedure have been performed and multiple published, peer-reviewed articles demonstrate safety and effectiveness.More information:

For more information about the procedure, head to www.SI-BONE.com

Dr. Whang is an Associate Professor in the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Click here for more information: https://medicine.yale.edu/ortho/people/peter_whang.profile