The Sacroiliac Joints (or SIJ) are formed by the connection of the sacrum and the right and left iliac bones. There are two of these joints in the lower back and sit on each side of the spine. They carry the weight of the upper body and help to stand, walk, or shift the weight to your legs. The pain caused by these joints can be dull or sharp and can move up. The sacrum is a triangular-shaped bone located in the lower part of the spine below the lumbar spine. Sacroiliac joint pain is caused by Sacroiliac joint fusion in when the five vertebrae are fused together, rather than mobile like the rest of the spine and they do not move.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a common condition and affects about 15-30% of people that experience this kind of pain. The joints can become inflamed and the cartilage over the SI Joint can slowly begin to wear away with age.
There are many different complaints when it comes to SIJ pain including lower back pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness. You can also experience a feeling of leg instability, disturbed sleep patterns because of the pain, and pain when you go from a sitting position into a standing position. It can also affect the hip and groin area, as well as cause pelvis and buttock pain.
To help ease the pain of the SI Joint, you will need to reduce the swelling and inflammation. As well as taking anti-inflammatory medication, there are several several non-surgical treatments to do this including:
If the pain continues to persist then taking a break from certain activities that can cause the inflammation is recommended. Common activities that can contribute to SI Joint pain include weightlifting, hiking, cycling, and other more extreme activities like martial arts and baseball.
SI Joint can cause several signs and symptoms when manifesting including joint redness, swelling, tenderness, warmth, locking of the joint, stiffness, and weakness.
Supports or braces are useful for this kind of pain because the brace can be wrapped tightly to help stabilize the area where you are experiencing the pain. The Serola Sacroiliac Hip Belt, for example, is designed to compress and support the SI Joints and helps to relieve stress while providing stability. It is comfortable to wear and is designed for even the most active lifestyles, so there is no fear that it will move around.
There is also the GNR Backwonder Sacroiliac Low Back Support Belt that provides a little extra support and security and has a neoprene foundation strap with double side pull elastic cinch straps. The offset buckle can provide a tighter fit, and the cinch straps provide additional support.
A topical analgesic can provide fast pain relief but is also a short-term remedy to provide a moment of reprieve from the pain you are suffering from. There are sprays, creams, and gels available that can target the particular area you need relief for that go on quickly, easily, and usually mess-free and penetrate deep to help sore muscles and joints.
Penetrex can provide immediate and long lasting relief that also heals. It is ideal for inflammation and has an intensive concentrate for relief and recovery. It is powerful enough to help improve your range of motion and flexibility and heals and repairs rather than just mask the pain.
With any pain treatment you undergo, it is best first to consult a medical professional to pinpoint the specific problem you are experiencing. There are many different causes of lower back pain, and you want to be sure that you are receiving the correct treatment.