SI joint pain prevention methods

Sacroiliac, or SI, joint pain can be the result of several different problems, some of which are preventable. Unfortunately, one of the biggest contributors is something no one can avoid — the natural aging process. With age, the tissues that connect the base of the spine to the pelvis can dry out, leading to stiffness and inflammation that causes pain and limits movement.

However, there are preventive steps you can take to both improve your overall health and reduce your risk of developing an injury. Whether you’ve dealt with SI joint dysfunction in the past or have been told you are at-risk for this condition, the following information can reduce your risk of developing SI joint pain.

Avoiding injury

Sports such as football, hockey and gymnastics often involve frequent falls and collisions, both of which can jolt the SI joint out of place or damage the ligaments that support it. Sports that involve repetitive twisting motions, such as golf, can also place a major strain on the SI joint. Doctors may recommend participating in the following lower-impact activities:

  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Pilates

It’s also helpful to identify and avoid non-athletic activities that could lead to a chronic overuse injury. Whenever possible, using proper lifting techniques when moving heavy items at work or home can help prevent pain in the SI joint.

Healthy choices for SI joint pain prevention

Preventing SI joint dysfunction can also be helped by taking steps to improve your overall health and the health of your spine. This includes managing your weight through healthy eating and regular exercise, avoiding tobacco products and improving posture. Making these lifestyle choices can take pressure off the SI joint and improve the flow of nutrients to this part of the body.

Sometimes, despite a person’s best attempts at prevention, SI joint pain still happens. Medication, rest and physical therapy may all be effective treatments, but surgery can become an option if these and other methods don’t bring relief. If you are considering surgery, but have concerns about traditional open spine procedures, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery, including SI joint fusion, uses muscle-sparing techniques to access the spine to offer patients an outpatient procedure and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open back surgery.

For a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures, contact our dedicated team of Patient Empowerment Consultants today.