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Sacroiliac Pain

Everything you need to know

Sacroiliac joints are referred to as SI joints. These joints are the places where your hips meet your spine. These joints don’t have a lot of flexibility, but they do move slightly as you move your body. And if SI joints become damaged or diseased, they can be painful.


SI joints hurt when tiny nerves in the joints become irritated. This can happen if the joints are damaged in a traumatic injury. It can happen if you develop arthritis, which causes the joints to break down overtime as you age. You can also feel pain in the SI joints if the supporting ligaments become irritated. This can happen if you walk with a limp or have some other issue that places more stress on one hip than the other.


SI joint pain starts in your lower back and buttocks and it can radiate to your hip, groin, and thigh. Your leg may feel weak. It may feel numbness and tingling. You may notice SI joint pain when you’re sitting or lying. You may also notice it when you are walking or climbing stairs, or when you try to stand up after sitting. Usually, SI joint pain is felt only on one side but if both joints are affected you may feel pain on both sides.


Treatment depends on the cause of your pain. You may benefit from the use of medication, physical therapy, or from injections of therapeutic agents in the affected joints using the most advanced options available.  Similarly to other joints including spinal facets, sacroiliac joints may also benefit from the use of radiofrequency ablation that uses targeted electricity to essentially destroy painful nerve endings in your joint. If conservative treatment is not helpful, you may need surgery to stabilize your SI joint. Ortho Spine Life has a team of providers and staff who are familiar with the most current effective treatment for troublesome sacroiliac joint-related pain. Call now to schedule your appointment to discuss your treatment options.