If you experience back pain, hip pain, or pain in the legs and buttocks, it may signal an issue with your sacroiliac joint. You don’t have to live with the pain; proven treatment techniques are available to help you regain mobility.
Does your sacroiliac pain worsen when you walk up and down stairs or stand for long periods? That could signal sacroiliac joint dysfunction. However, this is a treatable condition, and we have both surgical and non-surgical treatment options available at Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic. Learn more about the causes and treatments of this potentially debilitating condition.
The SI joints connect the spine to the hips. They lie between the iliac (hip) bones and the sacrum (base of the spine). These joints absorb impact when you lift objects or walk. If you want to find them on your own body, from a rear position, they are located where you see two dimples below your waist.
Ligaments and muscles support SI joints, and you typically have just enough flexibility for normal body motion. With age, bones and ligaments suffer from stiffness and chronic pain caused by conditions such as arthritis. Additionally, the cartilage between the bones starts to experience wear. Sometimes, the bones rub together and cause pain or functional issues. Due to the free nerve endings in the joint, you may experience chronic pain due to sacroiliac joint dysfunction and related conditions.
Some people experience mild to moderate SI joint pain while others may have excruciating symptoms. The more severe the pain, the more important it is to consult with a medical professional. Do you have sacroiliac joint dysfunction? Look for the following signs:
If you feel pain in the lower back and buttocks, you might have SI joint dysfunction. The following conditions aggravate chronic pain in this region:
SI joint dysfunction can be temporary or chronic. For example, many pregnant women have sacroiliac pain throughout the second and third trimesters. In addition, if you have suffered a traumatic injury or joint infection, that can also trigger sacroiliac pain. Common triggers of SI joint pain include the following:
Sometimes, chronic sacroiliac pain can also cause insomnia and depression.
It’s important to understand the best way to treat SI pain at home. Don’t begin any DIY treatment without consulting your physician or the surgeon at Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic. The doctor may recommend the following treatment to help alleviate pain associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction:
Dr. Adam I. Lewis has performed sacroiliac joint fusion thousands of times at Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic in Jackson, MS, and elsewhere across the country. He’s a respected surgeon and has taught life-changing, lifesaving procedures that alleviate pain, promote rapid recovery, and improve mobility, giving patients a higher quality of life.
To find out more about SI joint pain, call Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic at (601) 366-1011, or contact us online. We’ll find a solution that works for you.