If your lower back is hurting and you don’t know why, you may have a sacroiliac joint injury. It might hurt when you sit down, move around, or even when you’re trying to sleep, and the discomfort can make it difficult to do the things you love.
These injuries can be tricky to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to other conditions, like herniated discs and sciatica. But with an accurate diagnosis and the proper treatment, you can get back on your feet and start enjoying life to the full again. Here’s a little guide to sacroiliac injuries to help you get to the root of the problem and find the help you need.
What Are the Symptoms of a Sacroiliac Joint Injury?
The sacroiliac (SI) joint connects your sacrum to your pelvis. You have an SI joint on either side of your spine, and they help support your upper body. But when one of these joints becomes inflamed, or when the the ligaments supporting it are damaged, the joint may become too stiff (hypomobility) or too loose (hypermobility). This leads to discomfort and pain that usually starts in your lower back or buttocks, and may travel down your leg as far as your knee.
You might feel the pain as a dull ache, or it could be a sharper, stinging feeling. Typically, you’ll only feel it in one side of your body, and it will get worse when you walk, stand up, or sit down for a prolonged period, making it hard to find relief.
What Causes Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?
There’s no single cause of an SI joint dysfunction. It can happen as a result of a fall or sports injury, as a side effect of arthritis, or simply because one leg is longer than the other. The hormonal changes triggered by pregnancy and the menstrual cycle can also cause it, since this leads to the joints becoming looser. You’re more likely to experience it if you’re a woman, but men can get an SI injury, too—and it can affect you at any age.
Treating Sacroiliac Joint Pain Safely and Effectively
The good news is that SI joint pain rarely requires surgery. Many non-surgical treatments have proven highly effective for SI joint pain, providing long-lasting pain relief without the postoperative pain, long recovery time, and damage to surrounding tissues that come with surgery.
At the Spine and Joint Center, we specialize in cutting-edge regenerative therapy that taps into the incredible healing powers of your body. These treatments are safe, minimally-invasive, and have helped many patients recover from SI joint injuries.
One option is non-embryonic stem cell therapy, which uses cells taken from your own body to repair and replace damaged tissues around the SI joint. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is another alternative to traditional surgery, taking advantage of the clotting and nourishing capabilities of your body’s blood platelets. Both procedures are quick and mostly painless (although you may feel some tenderness at the site of injection), and most patients even return to work the following day.
If sacroiliac joint pain is affecting your life, we can help. Get in touch today to find out more, or to schedule an appointment.