5 Ways to Treat Your SI Joint Dysfunction
The sacroiliac (SI) joint connects the pelvis to the lower part of the spine above the tailbone. As you move, this joint helps transfer the weight between the legs and the torso. Too much movement can cause pain due to overworking the area. At the same time, too little movement can cause joint pain due to stiffness. Inflammation of the joint can also cause pelvic pain. When the SI joint is hurt, the pain can radiate to other parts of the body, such as your groin, buttocks, knees, and even your ankle or foot.
If you are experiencing SI joint pain or dysfunction, here are five ways to treat it.
How to Treat SI Joint Dysfunction
- Rest and ice or heat treatment – Since the SI joint helps with moving and walking, when it’s in pain, it’s best to take it easy with everyday activities. In addition to resting, icing the area for 15 to 20 minute intervals can help reduce any swelling or irritation. Additionally, heat, either from a hot bath or a compress, can also help relieve pain.
- Medications– To reduce joint pain and inflammation, over the counter pain medications or anti-inflammatories can help. If the pain is more intense, frequent, or long-lasting, prescribed medication can better help your situation. Ask your primary care provider to learn what would best work for you.
- Readjustment techniques – If the SI joint is too stiff or “stuck,” a chiropractor or an osteopathic doctor can help bring back mobility and relief with appropriate manual manipulation techniques. Depending on the level of pain, position of the joint, or amount of stiffness present, your healthcare provider will choose a manipulation method that’s best for the area.
- Consider a brace for extra support – To add stability to a loose or frequently used SI joint, a wide belt, or orthotic brace, can be wrapped around the waist to add support to your lower torso. The brace can even help when the area is inflamed.
- Try low-impact movements – You can strengthen your SI joint and increase its range of motion with low impact movements, such as aerobic exercises and hip or lower back stretches. These movements can also add relief to the stiff area and increase the flow of blood around the joint for easier healing.
Expert SI Joint Pain Treatment and Recovery
If you’ve tried the above SI joint treatments and are still experiencing pain, our team of musculoskeletal experts at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine can help with relief and recovery. With our treatment plans and professional help, you can get back to carrying out everyday tasks without pain. If you’ve experienced SI joint dysfunction or another type of orthopaedic injury, request an appointment online or give us a call today at 904-825-0540.
Brian Haycook, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Haycook has specific expertise in the latest treatment of spine related injuries