Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

The sacroiliac joint is the link between the pelvis to the bottom part of the spine, right above the tailbone. This joint is responsible for most of the force and weight transfers from between the legs and the upper body. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction causes mild to severe pain in the legs, lower back region and the pelvic region due to inflammation.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction have various symptoms depending on how severe the existing damage is. These symptoms can make it difficult to perform actions like bending forward, climbing stairs or standing up. Symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the pelvic region (hips, groin, buttock)
  • Leg pain
  • Tingling sensations
  • Some severe cases can also develop insomnia or depression
Diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction is known to be difficult because of its similar symptoms to other common disorders. The most common way of diagnosing this dysfunction is by conducting physical examinations after physicians study the patient’s medical history. Depending on the results of the medical history and physical tests. Imaging around the pelvic and the lower back region may be conducted in order to accurately diagnose this condition including:

  • Lower back X-rays
  • Injections, to determine whether or not the sacroiliac joint is the source of discomfort.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – to pinpoint the accurate location of existing inflammation or fractures.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan – this gives a more comprehensive view of the bones and the joints.
Most methods to treat sacroiliac joint dysfunction are conservative and does not involve surgery.
The non-surgical treatment methods may include:

  • Steriod/Epidural injections
  • Pain medication


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