SI Joint Fusions Performed by Renowned Neurosurgeon in Western Colorado
News: Fruita, CO (October 25, 2016) - Larry D. Tice, MD FAANS FACS, has a job that’s a pain in the neck-and the back, arms and legs-but he loves it. As a neurosurgeon, his job often is to alleviate pain that derives from conditions of the spinal column. He’s been doing just that for 37 years in the Grand Valley, earning the respect of patients that he’s helped and of physicians and neurosurgeons he’s collaborated with during that time.
Dr. Tice is also the only physician in Western Colorado that performs minimally invasive Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusions, a procedure that mitigates pain in patients suffering from SI disorders, including SI joint disruptions and degenerative sacroiliitis.
The SI joint connects the last segment of the spine, the sacrum, to the pelvis. The integrity of the SI joint depends on strong ligaments that cover, compress and stabilize the joint. With compromised ligaments, due to either injury or age, patients experience pain in the lower back, buttock and legs. This can present as sciatica-like symptoms (leg pain, burning, numbness, and tingling) that mimic lumbar disc or radicular low back pain, pain that radiates down into the legs.
“I can’t thank Dr. Tice enough for his excellent care,” says a recent SI joint fusion patient of his. “He doesn’t take enough credit for his life-changing medical intervention.”
This patient suffered an accident in 2006, had back surgery, and then used a walker or cane to get around. She was in constant pain. When she experienced excruciating pain in the fall of 2015, she went to the Emergency Room at Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center. There, she was directed to Dr. Tice and his practice, Atlas Arch Neurosurgery.
“I was in tears when I called him,” she recalls. She was quickly scheduled to see him. “He listened to me without interruption and was so understanding.”
“Today, I’m 90% better from what I felt back in September of 2015,” said the patient. “I can climb stairs, drive my car and go for a walk. The pain is almost completely gone.”
Dr. Tice won’t accept full credit for her recover, though. When the patient praises him, he admits that, “No. It wasn’t all me.”