Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Pain

Find out more about sacroiliac joint pain and how Torrance Pain Institute can help you manage your pain, improve your quality of life, and get back to doing the things you enjoy.

The sacroiliac (SI) joints connect the spine and the hips. They are responsible for carrying and shifting the load from the upper body to the legs when standing up and walking.

What is sacroiliac joint pain?

Sacroiliac joint pain is when the SI joints get damaged and the nerves surrounding them become inflamed. This results in pain in the lower back and legs. The severity of SI joint pain depends on what caused it. It can be temporary or it can be a chronic condition.

What causes sacroiliac joint pain?

Sacroiliac joint pain is commonly caused by physical activity that stresses the SI joints like sports and injuries sustained from a bad fall or a car accident.

Uneven movement in the pelvis can also cause SI joint pain, such as when one leg is injured and has to be in a walking boot for a long time. Hip and knee conditions also contribute to an unbalanced gait, which leads to degenerative SI joint pain.

Pregnancy, childbirth, and hip and spine surgeries can also put a lot of pressure on the SI joints.

What are the symptoms of sacroiliac joint pain?

Sacroiliac joint pain is felt in the lower back, buttocks, groin, and upper thighs. There are cases where the upper back is also affected. It typically hurts on just one side of the body, but it is possible to feel it on both sides. 

It can be particularly painful when standing up from a seated position or climbing stairs. 

What is the treatment for sacroiliac joint pain?

A sacroiliac joint RF ablation is an effective treatment for SI joint pain. These procedures stop the affected nerves from sending pain signals to the brain. Call Torrance Pain Institute today to book an appointment with our expert pain management doctor.