Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Dysfunction in the sacroiliac (SI) joint can present as pain in the lower back. Sacroiliac pain often presents as sciatica-like symptoms producing buttock and leg pain. Due to this, accurate diagnosis is important to determine the source of pain.
Managing SI Joint symptoms typically involves physical therapy, stretching exercises, pain medication, and joint injections. While many people respond to non-surgical treatment, surgical options to fuse the joint and stop painful motion may be recommended.
Once considered the primary cause of lower back pain, SI joint pain evaluation has been almost entirely ignored since the 1940s.1 Recently, the SI joint has gained renewed interest due to new diagnostic techniques and treatments. It is now estimated that the sacroiliac joint is responsible for 15% to 30% of lower back pain cases.2