Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome

Sacroiliac joint syndrome, also known as sacroiliac joint dysfunction, is characterized by pain in the lower back (lumbar vertebrae and sacrum), hips legs and/or groin.

The sacroiliac joint supports the spinal column and is necessary for movement of the legs.

In a healthy sacroiliac joint, both sides work together to move the hips and legs. When one side begins to lose function, however, abnormal movements may cause and exacerbate sacroiliac joint syndrome.

Unfortunately, the precise cause of sacroiliac joint syndrome is not known.

Symptoms of sacroiliac joint syndrome include pain in the lower back, groin, and legs. Pain tends to worsen as an individual moves from sitting to standing, especially after sitting for an extended period. One particularly telling symptom is if the person experiences back pain when climbing stairs. Walking is at least slightly affected and, in more severe cases, patients may have profound difficulty walking normally.

Sacroiliac joint syndrome is often confused with other causes of low back pain, which makes accurate diagnosis critically important. The health care professionals at Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics will obtain a comprehensive history and perform a through physical examinations to identify the exact cause of the pain. Given the complexity of the joint and the potential causes of lower back pain, an MRI may be needed to reach the right diagnosis and formulate the proper treatment plan.

Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics has the experience to expertly treat sacroiliac joint syndrome. Your individualized treatment plan may include oral or injected medications, physical therapy, or perhaps surgery in advanced cases.