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Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Sacroiliac joint pain is a condition that impacts numerous individuals and profoundly affects their quality of life. At Spine Team Texas, we’re dedicated to providing you with knowledgeable insights, exploring detailed symptoms, and presenting the latest treatment options, with the goal of guiding you to relief and improved wellbeing.

What is Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Chronic low back pain can be tricky to pinpoint. Surprisingly, in 15-30% of cases, the culprit may not be the low back itself, but rather the sneaky sacroiliac joint. When we talk about “low back pain,” we’re casting a wide net over potential sources of discomfort, from the lower back to the buttocks and even the pelvic region. So, could your “low back pain” actually be sacroiliac joint pain?

The sacroiliac joint is a critical linkage system between your lower spine and pelvis. Our body relies on this joint for stability and mobility, and when it’s compromised, individuals can experience debilitating pain. While many folks automatically blame the lumbar spine or hip troubles for their woes, it’s often the sacroiliac joint – a silent troublemaker that can set off pain signals in the lower back, pelvis, buttocks, or legs.

If you’re experiencing sacroiliac joint pain, it’s time to begin your journey to experiencing relief. To receive a medical diagnosis and treatment specific to your needs, reach out to our team of spine care experts today.

Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Recognizing the signs of sacroiliac joint pain is key to seeking proper treatment. Common symptoms include:

  • Lower back pain that may radiate down to the buttocks and legs
  • Sensations of discomfort when standing up from a sitting position
  • Stiffness and reduced range of motion in the lower back
  • Instability or the feeling that your legs will buckle
  • Pain that is aggravated by prolonged standing or stair climbing

Who Does Sacroiliac Joint Pain Impact?

Sacroiliac joint pain does not discriminate; it can affect individuals of all ages and lifestyles. However, certain groups are more predisposed due to various risk factors, such as individuals who have previously undergone lumbar fusion, physical labor, trauma, or childbirth.

Treatment Options for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Managing and treating sacroiliac joint pain involves a holistic approach, combining both conservative methods and interventional techniques. Possible treatments can include:

  • Physical therapy for strength and flexibility
  • Medications for pain and inflammation reduction
  • Sacroiliac joint injections for direct relief
  • Minimally invasive surgical options when necessary

At Spine Team Texas, we want to help inform you about all available treatments so we can help determine the best course of action for your individual needs. Reach out to one of our spine care experts today for a consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Q: When is sacroiliac joint pain serious?
A: If the pain is acute, it should resolve within a few days to a few weeks. However, if your pain is chronic, meaning it lasts longer than three months, it will likely continue to worsen and be harder to treat the longer you wait to see a specialist.

Q: What triggers sacroiliac joint pain?
A: Some conditions that can lead to sacroiliac joint pain include arthritis, systemic inflammation, pregnancy, spinal scoliosis, previous lumbar fusion surgery, traumatic injuries, and even certain infections. Like many other sources of lower back pain, however, the cause of your sacroiliac joint pain can be hard to determine, making it difficult to diagnose.

Q: What is the difference between sacroiliac joint pain and sciatica?
A: These two conditions can be tricky to differentiate because they both cause lower back pain. However, pain related to sacroiliac joint pain often radiates more toward the back, whereas sciatica pain radiates down the leg. Sacroiliac joint pain also hovers around the pelvis and affects your stability and range of motion, whereas sciatica pain causes numbness and tingling in the affected leg.

At Spine Team Texas, we’re committed to providing accurate, up-to-date, and useful information to our clients and patients. For more detailed information and assistance with sacroiliac joint pain, contact us or schedule a consultation with one of our specialists today.

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Our founder, Dr. David Rothbart, understood that people struggling with back or neck pain often fear surgery as the first option. He shared this concern, which is why he founded Spine Team Texas—to treat patients conservatively and avoid surgery as the initial solution. Dr. Rothbart’s team of carefully selected pain management experts has helped many patients find relief from their back and neck pain. Schedule your appointment today to find out how they can help you achieve your goals.
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