Sacroiliitis

Painful Joint Inflammation

Sacroiliitis is the inflammation of the sacroiliac (SI) joints that connect the pelvis and lower spine. This condition can cause pain in the lower back, hips, buttocks, and thighs. Over time, sacroiliitis tends to become worse, often interfering with mobility.

Like many disorders of the spine, sacroiliitis may develop with age, due to normal wear-and-tear. Certain health conditions and injuries may also increase the risk of developing SI joint pain. Sacroiliitis symptoms are similar to symptoms of other spine disorders, so people who have chronic lower back pain should see a healthcare provider to get an accurate diagnosis.

Center for Pain Management specializes in diagnosing the causes of chronic pain and developing personalized treatment plans for our patients. While there is no cure for degenerative conditions of the spine, treatment can minimize sacroiliac joint pain and help restore mobility. Call us today to schedule a consultation: (317) 706-7246.

Causes of SI Joint Pain 

In addition to aging, causes of sacroiliitis may include:

  • Pregnancy (due to changes in gait and/or loosening of the SI joints)
  • Leg length discrepancy (which forces the pelvis into an unnatural position)
  • Spinal fusion surgery (which may place an increased load on the SI joint)
  • Traumatic injury (such as a fracture of the pelvis or hip)

Generally, conservative treatments can reduce pain and inflammation in the sacroiliac joints.

Sacroiliitis Treatment

Stretching and strengthening exercises can help restore normal range of motion. To relieve pain, we may recommend steroid injections, medications, and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) – a procedure that heats the nerve root in the SI joint to disrupt the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Pain relief may be immediate, or pain may decrease over a few weeks.

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Get Help for Sacroiliitis

If your pain becomes worse with sitting, standing, sleeping, or climbing stairs, you may have sacroiliitis. Early treatment and ongoing care can slow the progression of this condition and help you get back to your normal daily activities.  

Call us to schedule your appointment: (317) 706-7246.