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Common Causes of SI Joint Pain

Common Causes of SI Joint Pain

What’s Causing Your SI Joint Pain?

If you experience a sharp pain that plagues your lower back, hips, and even the tops of your thighs—you may be familiar with SI pain. But what might be the cause of this discomfort? Our specialists at Inspired Spine outline some of the most common sources of sacroiliac joint discomfort.


Like many forms of joint pain, experiencing an injury or trauma to the sacroiliac joint can cause pain and discomfort. Whether you land wrong and jam your SI joint while playing a sport or you experience a nasty fall, it can result in damage to your lower back.


As you get older, it is inevitable that the cartilage through your body will experience wear and tear, which can result in the development of osteoarthritis. When the cartilage surrounding the SI joint is worn down, it can result in inflammation and pain.


Experiencing SI joint pain is very common during pregnancy. This and other forms of orthopedic pain are typically attributed to the hormone relaxin. Relaxin is a hormone that causes your ligaments and muscles to relax throughout your pregnancy, allowing your baby to grow without restriction. This can also lead to additional pressure on certain nerves, resulting in pain and discomfort. Fortunately, in most cases, this pain subsides shortly after giving birth.

Abnormal Walking Patterns

Having an abnormal gate can cause additional strain on your sacroiliac joint. Some common issues that can affect the way that you walk include:

  • Having one leg longer than the other.
  • Previous injury that results in favoring a leg.
  • Pregnancy.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Minnesota

When it comes to aches and pains, discomfort that affects your back can be more than just an annoyance—it can negatively affect your quality of life and your independence. At Inspired Spine, our experienced and knowledgeable spinal surgeons are dedicated to relieving your chronic back pain with the least invasive treatment possible.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our spine surgeons, call (952) 225-5266 today.