What Is Sacroiliac Joint Pain
If you’re feeling pain in your low back region and the buttocks, this pain could be caused by sacroiliac joint pain. Sometimes this pain is referred to as sacroiliitis, and it can be centralized in one area of your lower spine, or it can radiate down one or both legs.
Pain in the low back is extremely common, and it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause without a thorough examination by one of our doctors at Downtown Pain Physicians. The good news is that once a diagnosis has been made, there are several courses of treatment available, and we’ll be able to customize a treatment plan specifically for you so you can start back on the road to health and pain-free movement.
The Sacroiliac Joint
The sacroiliac joints link your pelvis to your lower spine, often called the SI joints. Your pelvis is also your iliac bone, and your sacrum is the lowest part of your spine, just above your tailbone. So, it makes sense that the joint that connects these two areas is referred to as your sacroiliac joint.
The main function of your sacroiliac joint is to transfer movement and motion between your torso and your legs. If you are experiencing pain in this region, it’s typically caused by a strain, injury, or spinal compression. There are cases where people with autoimmune disorders also develop sacroiliitis.
Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Pain
There are a few symptoms of sacroiliitis, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and sacroiliac joint pain. These conditions are all very similar and refer to the same joint. If you’re having problems in this region, it might be expressed in one or all of the following symptoms:
- Pain in the low back
- Buttock pain
- Pain in the legs (front and/or back)
- Hip pain
- Pain that increases when sitting or standing for a long time
- Increasing pain when rolling over in bed
- Pain when attempting stairs
- Stiffness in low back and hips after significant periods of inactivity
What Causes Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Pain in the region of your sacrum and iliac that affects your joint may be related to several different issues. Some causes of sacroiliac joint pain include:
- Injury. An impact can cause damage in this region, which can impinge or injure your low back and cause sacroiliac joint pain. This can be a traumatic injury like a car accident, or even just falling with significant force can cause concern.
- Arthritis. A few different types of arthritis can negatively affect the joints in your low back and sacroiliac region, including osteoarthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.
- Pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman’s sacroiliac joints loosen, which in addition to added weight and a change in gait often causes significant stress on these joints and can lead to pain.
- Leg length discrepancy. Whether this is a defect from birth or through another cause, having a significant discrepancy in the length of your legs can cause instability in the sacroiliac joint and pain.
- Infections. Developing pain in the sacroiliac joint can be caused by some infections such as staphylococcus, gonorrhea, and tuberculosis – although this is very uncommon.
Sacroiliac Joint Pain Prevention
Interestingly, part of the prevention of sacroiliac joint pain is also typically part of recovery from this type of condition. Whether you’re hoping to avoid having these pains or you’ve had them and want to get better, the following are important to note:
- Always use proper lifting techniques to avoid excessive strain or injury
- Practice good posture at all times
- Try a new sleeping position that supports your low back and proper alignment
- Perform regular exercise that includes strengthening and stretching of the back, hips, and legs
- Don’t stay sedentary for too long and don’t stand for long periods without a break
- Focus on healthy nutrition and maintaining optimum body weight
Diagnosing Sacroiliac Joint Pain
As mentioned, anyone suffering from low back pain must get a proper diagnosis to create a treatment plan. Somewhere between 60-70% of the world’s population experiences back pain, and low back pain is the most common. There is no reason to suffer in pain with many back conditions. People who live in the New York City area can stop in at either of our convenient locations and receive a proper diagnosis so they can begin a healing program.
If you’re coming in for a diagnosis of sacroiliac joint pain, you can expect to have a thorough medical history and physical exam. All of this information is a critical part of establishing a proper diagnosis. After that, some tests can help pinpoint the cause, including x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs.
Sometimes, a local anesthetic and corticosteroid injection can serve as both a treatment step and a diagnostic technique. Your pain levels will be tracked post-injection for several days to see if the injection has brought about significant relief.
It is important to note that sacroiliac joint pain can be a chronic pain condition if treatment isn’t sought. Like all chronic pain, if it’s left for a long time, it can result in insomnia, inadequate sleep, and depression.
Treatment for Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Luckily, there are many non-surgical treatment options available, and our top-rated doctors are experts in providing low back pain relief. Your individual symptoms and the cause of your sacroiliac joint pain are an important part of your treatment plan. Many of our patients begin to see results within days after a visit to our office.
Sacroiliac Joint Pain Options at Downtown Pain Physicians
Treatment for your sacroiliac joint pain will begin with conservative care. Your individual treatment plan will be based on your symptoms, the cause of pain, your comfort with treatment options, and your response to initial care. While each patient experiences a different course of action, your treatments may include one or several of the following:
- Chiropractic treatment
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises
- Oral anti-inflammatory medication
- Topical patches for medication
- Mechanical bracing
- Steroid injections
- Radiofrequency nerve ablation or nerve blocks
- Minimally invasive SI joint fusion surgery
Why Choose Downtown Pain Physicians for Your Sacroiliac Joint Pain
If you are suffering from any low back pain, it’s important to be seen by a doctor to determine the cause and help find the best solution to resolve your pain issues.
At Downtown Pain Physicians, our doctors are dedicated to each patient and believe that individual care is the best way to achieve results. We listen carefully to your pain history and use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to make accurate diagnoses.
If you believe you may have sacroiliac joint pain and you live in the New York City area, then it’s time to visit one of our two convenient locations. Our doctors are top-rated specialists in relieving pain and will do what is necessary to give you an accurate diagnosis and help you find relief.
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What to Expect at Downtown Pain Physicians
At your first visit to our office, you can expect a thorough health examination and history so your doctor can get a good idea of your health concerns. There may be x-rays or an ultrasound evaluation necessary at your appointment to gain a deeper understanding of your condition.
After a diagnosis is achieved, your doctor will have a thorough discussion of treatment options with you to make sure you know what steps are possible and you can make an informed decision. You’ll also receive a detailed recovery plan, so you never have to question what to do next.
We want your visit to our offices to be as pleasant as possible from the moment you walk through our doors. Individual attention is part of the fabric of our practice, and it’s a critical component of an effective treatment plan for SI joint pain. Whether you’re suffering from sacroiliitis or any other type of back pain, we are here to help you find pain relief and get back to living your life.
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