Sacroiliac Joint Pain Treatment

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Treatment

Unlike the joints one typically things of, such as the knee, the shoulder or the elbow, the sacroiliac (SI) joints are supposed to be relatively immobile. In fact, an overly mobile SI joint can cause inflammation and pain in the lower back and, possibly, referral pain in the hip, butt, leg, groin or abdomen. Learn more about Sacroiliac Joint Pain in our resource library.

In such instances, SI joint pain treatment will often involve wearing a sacroiliac back brace to limit the mobility of the joint and to provide inflammation-easing compression as well as support. And Cybertech makes a low-profile sacroiliac joint belt for ease of wear.


Sacroiliac Joints


Treatment for Sacroiliac Joint Pain with Pregnancy

Pregnancy is also associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction. When one is pregnant, the body releases hormones that cause the connective tissue of the joint to relax, thus enabling the SI joint to move farther than it normally would or should. Compounding this is the abnormal gait and excess weight a pregnant woman often assumes.

An adjustable brace for the lower back can be very helpful for treating back pain in such instances as SI braces can immobilize the spine and provide support to the lower back. A number of these SI braces also provide compression for sacroiliac joint inflammation treatment. 

SI Joint Dysfunction Treatment for Wear-related Damage

In other instances, inflammation of the sacroiliac joint can stem simply from wear and tear to this region of the body, which is responsible for supporting the upper body and absorbing shock. Over time, protective cartilage can erode and the resulting bone-on-bone rubbing can cause painful inflammation. Trauma can also cause similar damage to the SI joint.

In such instances rest and ice along with an anti-inflammatory medication can be helpful for reducing this painful inflammation and for sacroiliac pain treatment.

A lumbar back brace such as the Bauerfeind LumboTrain Back Support or the adjustable DeRoyal back brace can also be helpful as this can reduce the amount of pressure placed on the spine. These braces are effective for multiple back problems but are also helpful with sacroiliac joint treatment in that they apply targeted compression to reduce swelling, boost circulation and ultimately promote healing.

Abnormal Gait & Sacroiliac Pain Treatment

As you likely inferred from the section on pregnancy, an abnormal gait—be it from a structural abnormality, foot or hip pain or a medical disorder—is also associated with SI back pain. In these instances, while the aforementioned conservative treatment methods can be helpful for temporary relief, addressing and rectifying the underlying issue with how one walks will be needed for permanent sacroiliac joint pain symptoms treatment.

At, one can find a number of foot orthotics that can be helpful to this end.

Other Causes and Treatment for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

There are also a number of conditions that in and of themselves cause inflammation of the joints and thus are tied to SI joint pain. A few examples include:

  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout

In such instances, treatment for sacroiliac pain involves addressing the underlying condition. In the meantime, one can apply ice, rest the back as much as possible and wear a sacroiliac back brace to minimize the symptoms as much as possible.

In some instances a steroid injection may be helpful for immediate but temporary treatment of sacroiliac joint pain. But because this does not address the underlying cause, additional treatment will likely be needed.

In nearly all instances of sacroiliac pain, physical therapy exercises to strengthen and improve the flexibility of the muscles around the joint is a useful sacroiliac joint pain treatment as this can reduce the amount of stress the joint must endure. The Bauerfeind LordoLoc Back Support can provide additional support as one goes through such exercises. 

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