Sacroiliac Joint Pain

The Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) is the joint where the sacrum (area below the lumbar spine) meets the pelvis. We each have a left and a right Sacroiliac Joint and these joints help to support the weight of the upper body, transferring forces through to the lower limbs.

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Sacroiliac Joint Pain

The symptoms of SIJ pain include:

  • Pain can be very intense directing over the joint line and is often sharp and burning, however can also present as a dull ache
  • The SIJ is usually very tender to touch
  • Pain is usually worse when standing on the of the painful side, walking up and down stairs, when rolling over in bed and getting into and out of the car.

Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Sacroiliac Joint Pain (SIJ) is often caused by the compression or repetitive loading of the strong ligaments that help hold the joints together. Pain can be caused by inflammation or bruising of the ligaments or joint capsule, interference to the nerves around the joint or muscle dysfunction. SIJ pain can occur acutely due to a fall, lifting and twisting the wrong way or from increased repetitive load through the joints.

Treatment and management options

  • Staying active as advised by your Physiotherapist. Evidence suggests that staying active with even acute pain gives you better long term results.
  • Rest from and avoidance or aggravating activities (avoiding stairs, knowing how to get into and out of the car correctly.

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