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
- Injury or trauma to the ligaments surrounding the SI joint
- Previous spine surgery
- Uneven leg length
Causes of Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Other conditions can cause referred pain in the sacroiliac joint:
Herniated disc in the lower spine
Bursitis of the hip
Diagnosing Sacroiliac Joint Pain
It can be difficult to diagnose SI joint dysfunction because other conditions
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.
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.
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.
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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