The sacroiliac joints connect your spine to your pelvic bones. If injuries or wear-and-tear leave you with long-term lower back and pelvic pain, contact Alliance Spine Associates, LLC in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Their pain medicine specialists expertly diagnose sacroiliac disorders and provide effective treatments. Call their office or book an appointment online today to benefit from superior sacroiliac treatment.
Sacroiliac treatment relieves inflammation and pain in the sacroiliac (SI) joints. These joints in the lower back are part of your pelvis. They connect the sacrum (a triangular bone at the end of the spine) with the iliac bones in your pelvis.
There are two SI joints, one on either side of the sacrum. They don’t move much but provide stability and flexibility to the lower sections of your spine.
If you have SI joint pain, you might benefit from sacroiliac treatment at Alliance Spine Associates, LLC.
Pain in the SI joints usually results from inflammation (sacroiliitis). Sacroiliitis is often caused by SI joint dysfunction, where the joints move too much (hypermobility) or too little (hypomobility). You can develop SI joint dysfunction and sacroiliitis from:
Injuries from falls, auto accidents, and other traumas can damage your SI joints. If the sciatic nerve in your pelvis comes under pressure, you might get sciatic pain (sciatica).
Osteoarthritis frequently causes joint pain, especially in older people. It develops when the cartilage (a tough, smooth coating on the bones) wears down over the years. The unprotected ends of the SI joint bones begin rubbing together, causing friction. This leads to inflammation, pain, weakness, and stiffness in the joints.
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) affects the facet joints in your spine and the SI joints. AS is a form of arthritis that affects younger males, causing new bone growth that fuses the joints and limits spinal movement.
Your gait is the way you walk. Problems like a long-term limp or uneven leg lengths can stress your SI joints.
When you’re pregnant, you produce a hormone (relaxin) that loosens the SI joints. This is important during delivery so that your pelvis widens enough for the baby’s birth. Unfortunately, SI joints affected by Relaxin are less stable. You’re also likely to gain significant weight during pregnancy, making the problem worse.
Sacroiliac treatment starts conservatively: the Alliance Spine Associates, LLC team might recommend rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy. Many patients recover well this way without needing further sacroiliac treatment.
If your SI pain continues, you might benefit from the cutting-edge sacroiliac treatments available at Alliance Spine Associates, LLC. These include:
If nerve blocks (targeted local anesthetic injections) work well, you might gain long-term benefits from radiofrequency ablation of the sacroiliac nerves.
Call Alliance Spine Associates, LLC today or book an appointment online to learn more about effective sacroiliac treatments.