The sacroiliac joint is located where the pelvis connects to the spine. It is not a joint with a lot of movement such as the hip, knee, or shoulder, but the SI joint is critical in the transfer of the upper body load to the lower body. The pain from an injured sacroiliac joint can be excruciating, and sufferers need and deserve effective relief.
Sacroiliac joint pain can be difficult to diagnose for several reasons. For one, the SI (sacroiliac) joint often shows up as normal on diagnostic imaging such as CAT scans, MRIs, X-Rays, and bone scans. It is nearly impossible to isolate the SI joint on tests. In addition, it is difficult to manipulate or palpate the sacroiliac joint.
To further complicate the diagnosing of sacroiliac joint pain, other problems such as sciatica, back pain, hip arthritis, and others can cause the same or similar symptoms. For that reason, it takes someone specially trained in bone and joint diagnostics to determine if sacroiliac joint pain is the appropriate diagnosis. Tests can range from applying pressure on the joint to injection of a numbing medication to observe for alleviation of symptoms.
Sacroiliac joint pain is treated with conservative therapy such as avoiding the activity that caused the symptoms, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy. Physical therapy is usually initiated after the acute phase is under control.
Back Pain Treatments
If you have back pain, resting it is recommended. Avoid activities that cause pain or may have caused the injury and begin cold compressiontreatments as soon as possible.
There are healing tools that can help treat your back pain and speed up the healing process so you can reduce your pain and get back to daily life.Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) will promote blood flow to heal your injury faster and more completely than any other methods available.