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Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Sacroiliac joint pain is often a result of repetitive use. The sacroiliac joints are located on both sides of the lower back, between the sacrum and the pelvic bones. They work to transfer the load from the upper body to the lower body when standing or walking

Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Pain

The joints can become irritated, dysfunctional, or injured, leading to pain in the groin, thigh, below the knee, or in the buttocks. Pain may worsen when standing up from a sitting position, walking up stairs, turning in bed, bending, or twisting.

Problems with the sacroiliac joint may also lead to ankylosing spondylitis, a condition in which patients experience back stiffness in the morning, pain in the hip or shoulders, fatigue, eye pain, and blurry vision.

Risk Factors for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

The following factors may increase an individual’s risk of developing sacroiliac joint pain:

  • Repetitive use
Imaging scan of pelvis with sacroiliac joint pain
Man with hands on the lower back from sacroiliac joint pain
  • Injury or trauma to the ligaments surrounding the SI joint
  • Previous spine surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Uneven leg length

Causes of Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Other conditions can cause referred pain in the sacroiliac joint:

  • Herniated disc in the lower spine

  • Spinal stenosis

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Bursitis of the hip

Diagnosing Sacroiliac Joint Pain

It can be difficult to diagnose SI joint dysfunction because other conditions

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can refer to the SI joint. In addition, imaging tests like an X-ray or CT scan may fail to show a problem with the SI joint.

An image-guided injection of anesthetic into the joint may help diagnose SI joint pain if the patient experiences at least a 75 percent improvement in pain after the procedure.

Treatment Options

Patients experiencing chronic sacroiliac joint pain can experience lasting relief and begin their recovery after treatment with injections and pain management techniques.

A few types of joint and soft tissue injections offered at Premier Urgent Care include nerve blocks, epidural injections, piriformis injections, sacroiliac joint injections, and trigger point injections. Patients should speak to their physician to find out if they could benefit from a sacroiliac joint injection.

Male hand pointing to sacroiliac joint in pelvis model

Pain management techniques can help patients minimize sacroiliac joint pain through cold and heat therapy, gentle exercise, physical therapy, massage, biofeedback, acupuncture, progressive muscle relaxation, cognitive behavior therapy, yoga, deep breathing exercises, music therapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Taking into consideration the severity of sacroiliac joint pain, patients will receive a customized pain management plan.

Advanced Treatment

Some patients may require advanced treatment that may include chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy, and even surgery. Premier Urgent Care supports patients needing a range of treatments for sacroiliac joint pain. Staff is available to answer any questions about obtaining advanced treatment.

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