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How to Get the Right Diagnosis for your SI Joint Pain.
The intense pain in your lower back could be caused by a number of things. Does the pain originate at your hip, spine, SI joint … or all three?
The right diagnosis will lead you to the right treatment.
Studies show that the SI Joint is the cause of pain in 15 – 30% of patients with chronic low back pain.
To determine whether you have a sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction, it's very important that you get the right diagnostic tests. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction tests include discussing your history and pain experience, a physical examination, tests to rule out other sources of pain, like lumbar spine pain and hip pain.
As with other joints in the body, the sacroiliac (SI) joint can become damaged, can suffer from wear and tear, or the ligaments supporting the joint may be stretched or injured. This may result in altered function of the SI joint (SI joint dysfunction), which may cause pain in the buttocks, lower back or spine, pelvis and groin, and even the legs. Thankfully, there are treatments that can lead to lasting relief of these symptoms.
The sacroiliac joints (SI) are the foundation of the spine, located at the junctions of the sacrum and ilium on each side. These complex joints, composed of systems of ligaments and multiplanar joint surfaces, transmit the forces exerted through the spine from the upper body to the legs. The SI joint is designed to absorb shock forces and is naturally constrained to only limited movement. Instability in the SI joint is a major pain generator in some patients.