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Is SI Joint Dysfunction Common?

Is SI Joint Dysfunction Common?

What is SI Joint Dysfunction?

SI joint dysfunction (sacroiliac joint dysfunction) is a condition that can cause pain in the lower back and hips. SI joint dysfunction can be caused by a variety of factors, including trauma, inflammation, and degenerative changes.

Keep reading to learn how common this condition is and how our team at Inspired Spine can help you seek diagnosis and treatment.

Statistics & Common Causes

Studies have shown that up to 23% of all chronic back pain is caused by sacroiliac joint dysfunction. 15-30% of patients who experience lower back pain are thought to be affected by SI joint dysfunction — yet many physicians often overlook this condition. Additionally, 75% of patients who have undergone lumbar fusion surgery are thought to experience this pain.

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to SI joint dysfunction, including trauma, inflammation, and degenerative changes. Trauma to the SI joint can occur from a fall or car accident. Inflammation of the SI joint can be caused by arthritis or other inflammatory conditions. Degenerative changes to the SI joint can occur with age or due to wear and tear.

Symptoms to Monitor

SI joint dysfunction can cause pain in the lower back and hips. The pain is typically worse with activity and may radiate into the legs or buttocks. Other symptoms of SI joint dysfunction include stiffness, swelling, and clicking or popping sensations.

You should see a spine specialist for treatment if you believe you have any of these symptoms.

Treatment Options

Treatment for SI joint dysfunction typically includes physical therapy, injections, and medications. Physical therapy can help to strengthen the muscles around the SI joint and improve the range of motion.

Injections like corticosteroids or SI joint injections can help reduce pain and inflammation. Medications, such as NSAIDs or muscle relaxants can also help treat SI joint dysfunction. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary — known as an SI joint fusion.

Book a Consultation With Our SI Joint Fusion Specialists

If SI joint pain prevents you from living life on your terms, call Inspired Spine today to start the path towards relief. To schedule an appointment, call ((952) 225-5266 or take advantage of our no-obligation free consultation by contacting us online today.