Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Symptoms of sacroiliac joint pain can vary depending upon the person and the cause of the inflammation. It is important to keep in mind that the symptoms associated with SI joint pain can be very similar to those of other spinal and skeletal conditions, such as bulging or herniated discs and sciatica. It is important to work with a physician to receive an accurate diagnosis.

Our team of knowledgeable physicians at the Advanced Spine Center will work one-on-one with you to establish an individualized plan of action to extinguish your pain. Experienced in state-of-the-art and minimally invasive treatments, our team of orthopedic surgeons ranks among the Top Doctors in New Jersey for superior, patient-centered, and compassionate care.

Determining a Diagnosis of Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Nestled deeply within the body, the sacroiliac joints can pose difficulty for examining. Additionally, the symptoms of SI joint pain can be very similar to other spinal conditions. Keep in mind, however, that doctors can trace a significant number of reported back pain cases back to SI joint pain. Therefore, it is important to work closely with your physician to reach an accurate diagnosis.

There are many techniques that your physician may employ to determine if you are suffering from sacroiliac joint pain or to rule out other possible conditions. To begin, physical examinations and an evaluation of your family medical history will most likely occur. Next steps may include the use of X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans. Unfortunately, the SI joints are sometimes difficult to pick up on scans due to their depth in the body. Your medical provider may need to perform additional diagnostic tests.

Two of the main detection techniques to diagnose SI joint dysfunction include movement analysis and injections. Your physician may ask you to complete a number of gentle movements which will target the joint and enable a more thorough evaluation of your condition. Furthermore, injections called sacroiliac joint blocks or diagnostic SI injections can be used to determine the location of inflammation. During this procedure, your physician will use X-ray imaging to inject a corticosteroid into the body at the sacroiliac joint. If these injections ease your discomfort, you can infer that the sacroiliac joint is the source of your pain.

Sacroiliac Joint Pain Treatment Options

Pain Management

Medication is often one of the first steps in treating SI joint pain. Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen will help with both pain and inflammation. Prescription strength corticosteroids may be prescribed to deal with extreme inflammation or arthritic symptoms.

Physical Therapy

A physical therapist can work with you on certain beneficial exercises and movements, as well as use deep tissue stimulation or hot/cold regimens. Complementary treatment options include: massage therapy, yoga, acupuncture, and chiropractic adjustments.

Injections & Ablations

Anti-inflammatory cortisone injections can be administered periodically by your physician to decrease inflammation. Radiofrequency ablations involve the use of an electrical current to create heat, which serves to dampen the nerve signals that generate your pain.

SI Joint Fusion

For those experiencing excruciating pain, SI joint fusion may offer much needed relief. During this procedure, either one or both of the SI joints will be fused using small plates and screws, which restrict the movement of the joint and relieve nerve compression.