The sacroiliac joint is in the low back where the spine meets the pelvis. Sacroiliac joint pain is discomfort in this area. This pain is a symptom that may come from a number of conditions or diseases.
Pain may start in the joint, or in surrounding ligaments or nerves. Ligaments are bands of tissue that connect one bone to another. The sacroiliac joint has many nerve endings. The nerves send pain signals to the brain. Pain in this region may be caused by many factors.
Factors that may increase your chance for sacroiliac joint pain include:
Sacroiliac joint pain may cause:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Finding the source of sacroiliac joint pain is often difficult. Tests depend on your medical history and the suspected cause.
Tests may include:
Treatment depends on the cause of the pain. Any underlying condition would receive treatment specific for that disease. Regardless of the cause, short-term rest is often advised.
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Options may include one or more of the following:
Your doctor may recommend:
Physical therapy may include:
To reduce your chance of developing sacroiliac joint pain, take these steps:
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Last reviewed May 2014 by Teresa Briedwell, DPT, OCS
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