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SI Joint Dysfunction

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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Whether it’s physical therapy, pain control or surgery, our specialized care is provided by our NYSI doctors to assist in back and neck problems.

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Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D. FAAOS is our accredited medical director that leads our institution here at NYSI. Our spine doctors have decades of experience treating these complex spine disorders.

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We understand all people may come from different backgrounds, but many do share the same spinal issues. We want to assure our clients that regardless of the language they speak, we can help. Our staff speaks a multitude of languages including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German and Russian.

Understanding the Causes Of Your SI Joint Dysfunction

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*:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting
  • Too much movement
  • Arthritis/Gout or the result of trauma to the SI joint area
  • Pregnancies additional pressure to the SI joint

Diagnosing Your SI Joint Dysfunction

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 underyling 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*:

  • Lower back pain (below L5)
  • Pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in lower extremities
  • Pain going from sitting or standing
  • Hip or groin pain

The diagnostic tests that specialists can conduct include:*

  • Diagnostic imaging including x-ray, CT or MRI
  • Diagnostic SI Joint Injections
  • Provocative tests

Treatment Options For SI Joint Dysfunction

There are many nonsurgical approaches to returning the SI joint back to full range of motion including:

  • Applying heat
  • Rest
  • Back braces or other support methods
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

When it comes to more severe cases, other treatment options are*:

  • Trigger point injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescribed pain medicine

If ignored, SI joint pain can result in serious nerve damage. Your specialists 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.

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