The SI Problem: How Damaged Sacroiliac Joints Mimic Sciatica & Pelvic Pain “Breaking Down Sciatica & The SI Joint.”
Those who have experienced lower back pain or pelvic aches know how unbearable those problems can be. Yet when one or both of the sacroiliac (SI) joint are injured or irritated, that agony is doubled because both the lower spine and the pelvic area are affected. Common Causes Sacroiliitis, the name for SI inflammation, often springs from a person going from a moderate lifestyle into a “weekend warrior” situation. Alternatively, a reasonably active person who is forced to become sedentary can also find herself with sacroiliitis. In general, the sacroiliac joints act as “shock absorbers,” especially to your back, so any changes in joint mobility will first be felt by the SI joint. Of course, a direct hit to your spinal area, or any sudden wrenching, may also result in sacroiliitis. Main Symptoms Sciatic pain is the most frequent complaint of people with sacroiliac joint issues. If the pain has been caused by sudden activity or injury, it often makes itself known in the lower back, pelvic or hip area, especially when it is at its most intense.
more to one side of the back, as well as in the buttocks region. For this reason, it very much adheres to symptoms felt from common sciatica. In addition to the generalzed pain, SI issues tend to make it harder to make common moves like bending over, or attempting to sit or stand. Not only will the pain often stop you from completing these motions, but you may experience a stiffening up caused by the joint inflammation. Treatment Options Chances are, you’ll find that a combination of two or more common sacroiliitis treatments can work wonders in relieving you of SI pain and stiffness. Always check with your doctor before trying any healing methods. Inflammation treatment. The time-tested methods of reducing any bodily swelling and pain can certainly be of benefit to those suffering from SI pain, specifically. Apply ice or heating packs for 20 minute intervals, and rest as much as possible. Pain management. Your doctor may also prescribe over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, for swelling, and acetaminophen, for pain. Be sure to use the recommended dosage.
The type of SI-related pain which results from inactivity tends to be felt
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