Sacroiliac Joint Treatment

What is the Sacroiliac Joint?

The Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is the large joint that joins together the spine and the pelvis. It has been referred to as the “cornerstone” of the body. It is a very strong joint stabilized by a vast and complex array of ligaments. Although it is highly stable, there is a small degree of movement that occurs from this joint, and either too much (laxity) or too little movement can be problematic and cause pain.

What Causes Sacroiliac Joint Pain?

Pain can come from either the joint itself or any of the ligaments surrounding and stabilizing the joint. Often, the SIJ will “leak” fluid form the joint space into the surrounding ligaments. Pain from the SIJ can be felt in your buttocks, legs, or low back. It may be necessary to anesthetize the joint with an anesthetic to correctly diagnose the SIJ as the source of pain in any of these areas.

What Should I Expect from Sacroiliac Joint Treatment?

Treatment of the joint and its ligaments will often occur together. If the SIJ is determined to be the source of pain, an occasional steroid injection might be beneficial. However, if this is not adequate, then various Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) treatments may be effective for treating your pain.