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Diagnosing & Treating SI Joint Dysfunction

Diagnosing & Treating SI Joint Dysfunction

July 29, 2022
By Next Level Physical Therapy

What To Do If You Are Suffering from Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Pain in the lower back is one of the most common health problems in the United States. Inflammation of one or both of the sacroiliac joints is a leading cause of this form of pain. It is important to seek medical treatment for any discomfort or persistent pain in this area of the body. Whether it was caused by trauma or is a result of an infection, physical therapy can help to relieve the inflammation. 

At Next Level Physical Therapy & Athletic Performance, our licensed and fully certified physical therapists are well-versed in alleviating sacroiliac (SI) joint pain. We can help develop a comprehensive plan that will improve your strength and flexibility while providing relief for the inflammation. 

If you have been diagnosed with SI joint dysfunction, contact our Santa Clarita studio at (661) 383-9828 to schedule an appointment. Let us help you take your recovery to the next level. 

What Is SI Joint Dysfunction?

SI joint dysfunction occurs when one or both of the sacroiliac joints becomes inflamed. Inflammation can result from trauma, infection, or an underlying condition. It is not uncommon for expectant women to suffer from SI joint pain throughout their pregnancy. 

The sacroiliac joint is located on either side of your lower spine near the pelvis. Inflammation of the joint can cause serious pain and discomfort that may extend down the legs. As noted by the Mayo Clinic, the pain may become worse as a result of prolonged standing, climbing stairs, running, or other normal activities. 

It is imperative to seek medical attention immediately for any lower back pain. It is estimated that SI joint dysfunction is responsible for 15-30% of pain in this region. 

How Is It Diagnosed?

SI joint pain should be diagnosed by a medical professional. A doctor may use imaging tests such as an MRI to determine whether your pain is caused by an inflammation of the sacroiliac joints. They may also be able to diagnose the dysfunction with an X-ray or through a physical examination. 

How Is It Treated?

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three methods for treating SI joint dysfunction: physical therapy, medication injections, and surgery. The most non-invasive is physical therapy. A physical therapist can help relieve pain and inflammation in the sacroiliac joints through exercises and training. A physical therapist may work on increasing your flexibility, strength, and range of motion. 

Suffer from Sacroiliac Joint Pain? Schedule an Appointment

If you are suffering from SI joint pain, contact our studio to schedule an appointment. Call (661) 383-9828 to speak directly with one of our intake specialists. Our physical therapists specialize in treating orthopedic injuries, including sacroiliac joint dysfunction. 

You deserve to live a pain-free life. SI joint pain can be debilitating, creating radiating pain down your legs. Untreated SI joint dysfunction can make it difficult for you to stand for long periods of time or climb stairs. Your daily activities may be significantly limited because of the inflammation. Physical therapy can help you live without limits. Call now to get started.

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