The sacroiliac joint connects our pelvis with the lower part of our backbone. In this position the sacroiliac joint works to support our pelvis and carry the weight of our upper body. Also because of its position, when injured the sacroiliac can make movements as simple as walking and sitting painful.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is most frequently caused by falling, a car collision, or high-impact sports. Other spine conditions can also make sacroiliac joint dysfunction more likely, as well as pregnancy which puts added pressure on the pelvic area.
If you suffer from sacroiliac joint dysfunction, you may experience pain from the lower back down to the legs, often on just one side. Less commonly, many feel pain in their stomach, groin, and feet.
The first course of treatment your provider may recommend is medication, both to help alleviate pain and decrease the swelling. These medications may include NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen. It is important with any medication, over-the-counter or otherwise, to follow the directions of your doctor.
Physical therapy can also benefit sacroiliac joint dysfunction sufferers, allowing them to become more flexible, build strength, and increase mobility. Trained physical therapists will recommend exercises specific to your body’s needs, as well as considering belts or shoe inserts to further aid recovery.
Physicians may also inject steroids to numb the pain and decrease the swelling. Steroid injections will provide relief for a few months, but may cause a few temporary side effects such as high blood sugar, red skin, trouble sleeping, and bloating.
If you are experiencing pain in your lower back or want to learn more about sacroiliac joint dysfunction, talk to your primary care provider.
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