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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

The sacroiliac joint is present in the lower back where the spine meets the pelvis. Sacroiliac joint pain is the discomfort in this area. This pain is a symptom that may come from a number of conditions or diseases

Causes  

Pain may start in the joint, or in surrounding ligaments or nerves. Ligaments are bands of tissue that connect one bone to another. The sacroiliac joint has many nerve endings. The nerves send pain signals to the brain. Pain in this region may be caused by many factors.

  • Twisting, bending, or moving in a way that triggers sacroiliac joint pain
  • Infection of the joint
  • Osteoarthritis of the joint, which is more common in older adults
  • Trauma , such as an auto accident
  • Stress fractures , which is common in athletes
  • Pregnancy
  • Inflammation of the joint

Risk Factors  

Factors that may increase your chance for sacroiliac joint pain include:

  • Weak muscles
  • Bending or twisting the back
  • Improper lifting
  • Inflammatory conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis

Symptoms

Sacroiliac joint pain may cause:

    • Mild-to-severe low back pain
    • Pain in the buttocks
    • Pain that seems deep in the pelvis
    • Pain in the hip or groin or back of the thigh
    • Pain that radiates down the leg on the affected side
    • Stiffness of the lower spine
    • Certain activities may increase the pain, such as walking, twisting, or bending

Diagnosis  

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Finding the source of sacroiliac joint pain is often difficult. Tests depend on your medical history and the suspected cause.

Treatment  

Treatment depends on the cause of the pain. Any underlying condition would receive treatment specific for that disease. Regardless of the cause, short-term rest is often advised.

Treatment options may include medication, therapy, surgery or a combination of all.

Your doctor may recommend:

      • Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
      • Prescription pain relievers
      • Muscle relaxants
      • Steroid injections into the sacroiliac joint
      • Physical Therapy  
      • Physical therapy may include:
      • Exercises to stretch the muscles of the lower back
      • Exercises to strengthen the muscles which support the area
      • Exercises to affect the motion of the sacroiliac joint
      • Applying ice to the painful area
      • Applying deep heat to the sore area

Prevention  

To reduce your chance of developing sacroiliac joint pain, take these steps:

      • Exercise regularly to keep muscles strong
      • Maintain good posture
      • Use proper techniques for bending, lifting, or playing sports
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