Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

The sacroiliac joint is one of the large joints in the body and is formed by the connection of the sacrum and the right and left iliac (pelvic) bones. The sacroiliac joints have small amount of movement and transmits all the forces of the upper body to the lower body. The sacrum is the triangular-shaped bone at the bottom of the spine, below the lumbar spine. The sacroiliac joint acts as a shock-absorbing structure. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction or Sacroiliac joint pain is one of the common causes of the low back pain.

The pain may be dull or sharp. It begins at the SI joint, but it can spread to the buttocks, thighs, groin, or upper back.

In some patients, standing up triggers the pain, and often times they feel it only on one side of the lower back. You may notice that it bothers you more in the morning and improves during the day.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is more common than most people may think. Approximately 15% to 30% of people who experience similar pain have issues with their SI joint.

How Can You Get Treated?

There are several ways to get treated for sacroiliac joint pain. The following listed below are a few methods.

  • Physical therapy
  • Injections (A shot of cortisone can reduce the inflammation in the joint)
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Nerve treatment