Also known as the Sacroiliac joint, the SI joint is located near your pelvis and acts as a buffer for pressure from your upper body on your hips. Irritation from this joint can occur due to injuring or straining the ligaments around the SI joint. This joint is crucial to core strength and movement. When these ligaments are damaged, lower back pain and discomfort is a possibility. Depending on the individual, treatments may very when trying to treat this problem.
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There are many reasons for SI joint pain. Some are more common than others, but all can be tied to the root of the problem. These include*:
It’s not always easy for doctors to identify your SI joint as the problem. While the sacroiliac is one of the largest joints in the body, it’s located deep in the pelvis. This location makes it hard to determine where any underlying issues could be during a physical exam. It may even be hard for imaging tests to capture. SI joint problems can also be confused with other conditions like sciatica or hip arthritis.*
Symptoms of SI joint dysfunction can include*:
The diagnostic tests that sacroiliac joint specialists can conduct include:*
There are many nonsurgical approaches to returning the SI joint back to full range of motion including:
When it comes to more severe cases, other treatment options are*:
If ignored, SI joint pain can result in serious nerve damage. Your SI joint dysfunction specialist may even recommend minimally invasive surgery to help treat this condition.*
*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.