Sacroiliac joint pain is associated with pain around the lower back, radiating to the hip and thigh.

It is always best to start with non-surgical treatment like physical therapy and stretching. Some anti-inflammatory medications may also be able to help.

Steroid injections are a good way to target the pain without surgical intervention. Nerve blocks are also useful in delivering an electrical current to stop the nerve fibres from sending pain signals to the brain.

Surgery will be a last option which can involve a fusion of the SI joints.

Diagnosis for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

During a consultation, a full medical history will be taken as well as a physical examination which will entail testing your reflexes and applying pressure to your joints to find a pain source.

An MRI scan or X-ray will be performed to view detailed images of the SI joints and surrounding bones, this will ultimately confirm the diagnosis of SI joint dysfunction.

What are the Symptoms for Sacroiliac Joint Pain?

Sacroiliac joint pain starts in the lower back, it will then radiate down to your hips, legs, buttocks and thighs. The pain is usually felt on one side and will worsen during physical activities like walking, running, climbing stars or standing for long periods of time. The pain can feel sharp and a dull-like ache, you may also experience a tingling or numbness sensation.

What are the Causes of Sacroiliac Joint Pain?

Your SI joints are covered in a protective layer called cartilage and when this wears down, usually caused by ageing, it can cause the bones to rub on each other which can cause degenerative arthritis.

Pregnancy can also cause SI joint dysfunction; this is because the body is relaxing the muscles and joints ready for childbirth. Increased movement and changes of the joints will result in extra stress on those SI joints and can cause sacroiliac joint pain.

Sacroiliac joint pain can occur when there are changes in the ligaments, this means if they become too loose or even too tight it can become painful and inflamed. Changes like a fall or injury, surgery, ageing, altered walking pattern and other medical conditions can all become factors in SI joint pain.

Consult our orthopaedic spinal specialists to rule out any additional injuries with the sacroiliac joint pain now!

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