SACROILLIAC JOINT DISEASE
BACK PAIN RELIEF
WHAT IS SACROILIAC JOINT DISEASE AND WHAT ARE ITS CAUSES?
The sacroiliac joint is a joint in the low back between the sacrum and the ilium of the pelvis. Sacroiliac joint disease is discomfort in this region. Some common causes of this pain may be infection of the joint, osteoarthritis, trauma, stress fracture, or inflammation
WHAT THINGS CAN I DO TO PREVENT SACROILIAC JOINT DISEASE?
The risk of developing sacroiliac joint disease can be reduced by maintaining the health of the spine and pelvis. This can be done by maintaining a healthy body weight, not sitting in one place for prolonged periods of time, using chairs with firm back support, exercising regularly, and maintaining core strength.
IF I HAVE SACROILIAC JOINT DISEASE, WHAT SYMPTOMS MIGHT I NOTICE?
Many patients will notice pain to the left or right of the lower back that may radiate to the buttocks and to the front into the groin. Other symptoms may include difficulty turning over in bed, struggling to put on shoes and socks, pain in your legs while getting in and out of the car, stiffness in the lower back when getting up after sitting for long periods.
WHEN SHOULD I CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR?
A doctor should be consulted when the sacroiliac joint pain is affecting your quality of life.
HOW CAN A PHYSICIAN DETERMINE IF I HAVE SACROILIAC JOINT DISEASE?
A sacroiliac joint disease diagnosis can be suspected when a physician evaluates symptoms and performs a comprehensive physical examination. This diagnosis is confirmed with a MRI or CT scan which also reveals additional information about the extent of the problem. Biopsy of a sample of tissue from the joint for testing or joint injections can also help determine if the pain starts in the joint.
HOW IT SACROILIAC JOINT DISEASE TREATED?
Sacroiliac joint disease is treated by one or a combination of the following: over the counter pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen, rest, ice, heat, and physical therapy. Pain management injections can be added if symptoms persist. If symptoms still persist, a minimally invasive surgical procedure may be recommended.