SI joint pain: what are the causes and symptoms?

If you’re experiencing SI joint pain and related symptoms, learning more about the underlying causes can be an important part of finding relief. Your SI, or sacroiliac, joint connects the bottom of your spine (the sacrum) to your pelvic bone. This joint helps carry the weight of your upper body when you walk or stand and can cause pain and other symptoms if it becomes inflamed.

SI joint pain causes

The cause of this inflammation and pain is often the result of normal aging combined with years of everyday movement. SI joint pain can also be associated with pregnancy, rigorous physical activity such as high-impact sports or jogging, an uneven pelvis or if one leg is longer than the other. Like many degenerative conditions, SI joint pain is not completely preventable, but certain lifestyle factors such as having poor posture or being overweight or obese can play a role in its development.

SI joint pain symptoms

Some symptoms of SI joint pain include:

  • Dull ache in the lower back
  • Pain radiating from thighs or groin region
  • Inability to sit or lie down without pain
  • Increased pain while engaging in physical activity such as climbing hills or stairs, or even prolonged standing or walking

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it important to see a doctor for accurate diagnosis and treatment. SI joint pain is sometimes misdiagnosed as a lower spine condition, leading to patients receiving inappropriate treatment for their symptoms.

SI joint pain

After being properly diagnosed, SI joint pain can often be managed through conservative techniques such as physical therapy, corticosteroid injections or treatment by a chiropractor. However, if symptoms don’t improve, it may be beneficial for patients to seek out surgical options. Traditional open spine surgery for SI joint pain is highly invasive, requiring a large incision and a long, sometimes painful, recovery. As an alternative, the board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute perform a minimally invasive outpatient procedure called an SI joint fusion.

To learn more and to find out if you’re a potential candidate for minimally invasive outpatient surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact our dedicated team today and ask for your no-cost MRI or CT scan review.*