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Sacroiliac Joint Pain Treatment & Diagnostics in Sadashiv Peth, Pune

Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Pain is a sharp or stabbing pain that develops in the hips and pelvis to the lower back and towards the thighs. People suffering from SI may also experience numbness or a tingly sensation in the legs or may feel like the legs are about to buckle. The SI joint is what causes chronic back pain in most people.

The SI joints are located in the middle of the sacrum and ilium. The sacrum is a triangle-shaped bone that is located at the bottom of the spine, above the tailbone while the ilium is one of the three bones that makes the hip bone. One of the main functions of the SI joints helps in supporting the weight of the body and acts as a shock absorber. Now, the bones of the SI joints are jagged and that’s necessary to ensure they stay in alignment. And for the proper functionality of these bones, there are fluid sacs between them.

What Causes SI Joint Pain?

When the SI joints get inflamed, it is known as sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Some of the most common causes that cause this include;

  • Pregnancy
  • Injury
  • Gout
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • The way you walk/ walking pattern

What are the Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Pain?

The symptoms of SI joints differ from one individual to another. However, some of the most common symptoms include;

  • Pain in your lower back
  • Feeling like you are unable to support your weight or the legs may buckle
  • You feel the pain radiating through the thighs and the upper legs
  • You feel stiffness or burning sensation in the pelvis
  • Pain in your buttocks, hips, and pelvis
  • Pain in the groin
  • Pain in the SI joints
  • You feel an increase in pain when you stand up from a sitting position
  • Numbness or weakness

When to see a doctor?

If you experience pain or numbness in your lower back or other symptoms mentioned above, you must see a doctor.

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Swargate, Pune

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How is SI Joint Problem Identified?

SI joint problems can be a little difficult to diagnose as they are located deep inside the body and doesn’t easily show up during a test or an exam like X-rays, MRI, or CT scan. Also, the symptoms of the condition are very similar to arthritis or bulging disks, therefore, thorough examination becomes necessary. In order to do that, your doctor may ask you about your medical and family medical history along with all the symptoms you have been currently experiencing.

Your doctor may also ask you to stretch in certain ways to identify the condition in order to pinpoint the source. In another method, a numbing drug, such as iodine may be injected into the SI joint. If the pain goes away, the reason can be due to an SI joint dysfunction.

How is SI Joint Pain Treated?

Therapy, Exercise, Self-Care

Physical therapy may be recommended to ensure the pain can ease with some exercises and to improve the quality of life. Along with this, your doctor might also recommend you make use of ice packs to ensure there is relief from the pain. A sacroiliac belt may also be used.

Medicine and nonsurgical treatment methods

Some of the medicines that may be prescribed include;

  • Anti-inflammatory medicines
  • Non-steroidal medicines
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Oral steroids
  • Corticosteroid injections


Surgery is always the last option. Your doctor will opt for this treatment method only if all other methods fail. During sacroiliac joint fusion surgery, small plates and screws will be used to make sure the bones remain in place ensuring they fuse. Surgery is only recommended if the condition is chronic and nothing else helps.

If you notice the symptoms of SI joints pain, make sure you talk to your doctor. Delaying treatment will only negatively impact your life.

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Why is this happening?

It occurs because there is an inflammation in the SI joints.

Is vaginal delivery possible after SI joint fusion?

The surgery will not change the size of your pelvis and shouldn’t cause any problems.

Is it life-threatening?

It is not life-threatening unless there is an infection causing the pain.

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