Sacroiliitis

Treated by Ark-La-Tex Spine Care – serving Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding areas

There are two Sacroiliac (SI) Joints in your lower back, and they sit on each side of your spine. Their main job is to carry the weight of your upper body when you stand or walk and shift that load to your legs.

Causes

Arthritis can lead to the problem. A type that affects your spine, called ankylosing spondylitis, can damage the SI joint. You’ll also hurt when the cartilage over the SI joint slowly wears away as you age.

Symptoms

It could be a dull or sharp. It starts at your SI joint, but it can move to your buttocks, thighs, groin, or upper back.

Sometimes standing up triggers the pain, and a lot of times you feel it only on one side of your lower back. You may notice that it bothers you more in the morning and gets better during the day.

Diagnosis

To diagnosis your pain, a thorough medical history and physical examination will be completed by a physician. Questions will be asked in regards to your general health, possible causes of your pain, and a description of your symptoms to help determine the source of your pain. He may also ask you to walk or bend to see which movements cause pain.

Your doctor may order an X-ray or MRI to check for bone or nerve damage near your spine.

Treatments

  • Nerve Blocks
  • Cortisone Shots
  • Medications
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)