Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction – Frisco, TX
OrthoTexas, Frisco offers effective treatment for a wide range of spine injuries and illnesses. The spine specialists have experience in diagnosis and treating Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction to help patients find relief from back pain.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

The sacroiliac joint lies between the lower spine and the tail bone (coccyx). The sacrum, a triangular bone at the base of the spine, meets the pelvis at this joint. This joint is surrounded by tough ligaments which help in absorbing upper body shocks by transmitting them onto the pelvis and thighs. The joint is protected by a layer of hyaline and fibrocartilage. Inflammation or discomfort in any part of this joint is referred to as Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction or SIJD.

Causes Of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

  • Menstruation cycles in women create hormonal imbalances which may affect the ligament support around the joint.
  • The joint tend to be more unstable in women due to their anatomical structure
  • A direct hit or fall on the buttocks
  • Hypermobility- excessive movements create pain in groin and lower back
  • Hypomobility- lack of movement causes pain in one side of the lower lumbar region and it may radiate downwards into the leg
  • Sports activities
  • Discrepancy in length of both legs
  • Ligament damage or loosening
  • Degeneration of the cartilaginous membrane due to ageing
  • Muscular imbalance

Symptoms Of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

  • Pain in the lower back, buttocks and legs
  • Prolong standing, climbing the stairs and bending
  • Stiffness
  • Pain and discomfort is generally unilateral or concentrated on one side only
  • Change in gait or posture
  • Weakness and instability

Diagnosis Of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

  • The doctor may use some provocative tests to check the symptoms
  • Arthrogram- injecting a dye into the joint for a better view
  • Evaluation of the patient’s existing symptoms and medical history
  • Pelvic compression test may be done
  • Bone scans may be used to detect inflammation
  • CT scans and MRI may help to detect soft tissue and ligament damage
  • X-ray of the lumbar spine

Treatment For Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

  • The orthopedic doctor may recommend the patient to take rest and abstain from any activity that causes pain or discomfort
  • Application of ice packs at regular intervals may help to relieve pain and swelling
  • Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to provide immediate relief from pain
  • Use of a removable brace around the waist may provide support to the joint
  • Low impact exercises may be done to improve joint strength
  • Physical therapy may help in strengthening the supporting muscles
  • Surgical fusion of the sacroiliac joints may be required in severe cases

Visit OrthoTexas, Frisco for treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and other back conditions. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.