Discomfort being felt by patients in the sacroiliac joint, or the SI joint, is referred to as SI joint pain. The condition can cause issues in nearby parts of the body.
What causes SI joint pain?
A patient may experience SI joint pain because they are suffering from gait issues. For instance, leg length discrepancy or scoliosis can cause uneven pressure on a part of the pelvis. This wears down the SI joint. Pregnancy or recent childbirth is also a culprit. Lower back surgery in the past is a warning sign while playing sports that strain the area can also result in wearing down the SI joint.
What are the symptoms of SI joint pain?
The most common symptoms associated with SI joint pain are lower back pain and discomfort that may spread to the hips, groin and/or buttocks. The pain may be on a single side of the body. However, other patients may experience on both sides of their body.
Pain may be accompanied by stiffness in the lower back, hips, and pelvis. Movement can be a challenge, especially going up the stairs. The patient may feel their pelvis in unstable too.
The severity of the pain can also vary. Some patients have pain all the time, while others feel the pain increase during certain activities or movements.
Treatment of SI joint pain?
The first and most important step in treatment is a proper diagnosis. SI joint pain is often mistaken for a condition in a nearby part of the body. If you are experiencing pain in your lower back, hip, buttocks or groin, it is important to make an appointment with a sports medicine specialist today. Our sports medicine doctor at the Spinal Rehab and Sports Medicine clinic has a long history of helping patients with SI joint pain. He will run tests to properly diagnose your sports injuries before recommending a course of sports injury treatment. Contact Dr. Bob, your Austin chiropractor, today to get started on diagnosis and treatment.