Sacroiliac joint pain is an important cause of chronic lower back pain. In fact, a study published in Med Devices (Auckl) has revealed that 14-22% of patients who complain of lower back pain are diagnosed with SI joint pain. This means that this condition affects approximately 10 million adults in the United States alone.
SI joint pain can be dull or sharp. The pain usually begins in the lower back, but it can radiate to the upper back, buttocks, thighs, or legs. Often, the pain can be felt on one side of the lower back.
SI joint pain is usually worse in the morning and gets better during the day. Standing up from a sitting position often triggers the pain.
The sacroiliac (SI) joint is located in the lower back, on either side of the spine. It connects the sacrum to the hip bones. This joint bears the weight of the upper part of the body during walking and standing and distributes the weight to the legs. It also absorbs the shock between the upper and lower parts of the body during movement.
The SI joint only moves a little to absorb shock and facilitate bending. It is surrounded by connective tissues, muscles, and ligaments that provide support, help with shock absorption and limit movement.
SI joint pain occurs due to inflammation and may be caused by different things such as trauma to the lower back and intense physical activity. According to the doctors in our pain clinic, the following population are at risk of suffering from SI joint pain:
Sacroiliac joint pain can affect your quality of life if you don’t take measures to manage it well. Although pain relief medications can offer temporary relief, you need to address the exact cause in order to heal the condition completely.
A study published in the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation has shown that PRP therapy is effective in reducing pain and improving the stability and function of the SI joint in patients suffering from SI joint pain for 1-4 years after treatment. PRP is a process wherein concentrated platelets extracted from your own blood are injected into the affected joint to heal the injury. This procedure is very easy and you can go home immediately after each session.
If you feel any sort of pain, do not hesitate to contact our South Florida pain management doctors. With a vast experience in treating various pain-causing conditions, we can help you get back to your normal life and everyday activities.
Dr. Luis Escobar is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Pain Medicine and Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management. He has been practicing in the area for over fifteen years. He has lectured in the community as well as mass media on various topics in Pain Management.
Dr. Lucien C. Alexandre, MD Ph.D., is a triple board-certified interventional pain doctor and neurologist. He specializes in interventional pain medicine, interventional headaches, and neurology. His extensive academic experience and professional training at some of the world’s most prestigious medical institutions have made him an expert in the field of interventional pain medicine and neurological disorders.
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