Sacroiliac joint pain or SI joint dysfunction is the result of too much or too little motion occurring at the sacroiliac joint, which leads to inflammation and pain that can be debilitating. As part of the pelvis, the SI joint is attached to the front and back by the muscles and ligaments which surround it.
At Advanced Spine Center, we’re here to help diagnose and treat SI joint pain with the most state-of-the-art equipment and solutions to get you back on the road to a pain-free life.
What are the symptoms of SI pain?
SI joint pain typically starts in your lower back and buttocks. It can radiate to your hip, groin and thigh and your leg may also feel week, numb or tingly. You may notice SI joint pain when you’re sitting or lying down, walking or climbing stairs, or when you try to stand up after sitting. Usually, SI joint pain is felt only on one side. But if both joints are affected, you may feel pain on both sides. Following are the symptoms that SI pain may present:
· Lower back & buttocks pain
· Sciatic leg pain
· Groin pain & hip pain
· Prickling & tingling
· Transient numbness
· Urinary frequency
· Aching in lower back while driving
· Pain during menstruation and sexual intercourse in women
What are the causes of SI pain?
SI joints hurt when tiny nerves in the joints become irritated. That happens if your joint is damaged in a traumatic injury. It can also happen if you have arthritis, which causes the joints to break down over time as you age. In addition, you can feel pain in the SI joints if the supporting ligaments become irritated. This happens if you walk with a limp or have another issue that places more stress on one hip than the other.
How is SI pain diagnosed?
When you see your doctor for an exam and diagnosis, the most important information you can provide is the exact location of your pain and level of your functionality. Try to notice when the pain occurs and how intensely you feel it in various locations, including your lower back, buttocks, and legs. Also, be sure to tell your doctor about any previous injury that may have either directly affected your pelvis, caused you to walk asymmetrically, or may relate in any way to your functionality.
Your doctor will consider all the information you provide, including any history of injury, location of your pain, and problems standing or sleeping. A variety of diagnostic tests including an X-ray, CT or MRI may help determine whether the SI joint is a source of your symptoms. Your doctor may also perform a series of provocative tests to manipulate your joints or feel for tenderness over your SI joint.
What is the treatment for SI pain?
Treatment depends on the cause of your pain. You may benefit from physical therapy, or from injections of medicine into your joint. You may also benefit from a procedure called radiofrequency ablation, which uses electricity to destroy the painful nerve endings in your joint. If none of these treatments are helpful, you may need surgery to stabilize your joint.
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If you’re experiencing the symptoms of SI joint pain, contact Advanced Spine Center today. Led by Dr. Courtney, and incorporating both high tech and high touch, we get our valued patients back to their lives so they can enjoy all the activities they love!
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