The sacroiliac (SI) joint is located at the lower portion of the spine, between the iliac bones and sacrum.
This joint provides support and stability to the spine and plays a role in impact absorption when walking or lifting. Strong ligaments surround the SI joint to provide support, limit its movement, and assists with pressure absorption. SI joint pain may result from damage or injury to the joint and may cause painful sensations in the lower back and buttocks. Pain in the SI joint can produce pelvic pain and stiffness while mimicking other sources of lower back pain, such as hip problems or a herniated disc. Other names for SI joint pain include SI joint dysfunction, SI joint syndrome, and SI joint inflammation. You may experience acute or chronic pain in your SI joint that may be constant or intermittent. You can somewhat prevent and protect yourself from developing some types of SI joint dysfunction by:
Your healthcare provider may ask you to lose or gain weight if you are obese, overweight, or underweight in conjunction with other treatment options. If an underlying medical condition is the cause of your SI pain, your healthcare professional will add treatment options for that specific condition to your treatment plan.
Your healthcare provider will ask about the following information:
Your doctor will also conduct a physical exam, in which they will test the strength, mobility, and flexibility in your lower back, hips, and legs. They will inspect the SI joint and surrounding area for any physical deformities or bruising. They will apply pressure to various spots near the SI joint to test for tenderness or sensitivity. There is no single diagnostic test to diagnose your SI dysfunction, but your healthcare provider will order testing to rule out other possible causes of your pain. They may order diagnostic tests, such as:
Many causes of SI joint pain are idiopathic, meaning they have no known cause. Other causes of SI joint dysfunction include:
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