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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction


Lexi Unicomb


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction or Sacroiliitis are common terms used to describe the pain of the sacroiliac joint.

It is usually caused by abnormal motion (i.e. hyper- or hypo-mobile) or mal-alignment of the sacroiliac joint. Sacroiliac joint syndrome is a significant source of pain in 15% to 30% of people with mechanical low back pain.

Sacroiliac joint syndrome is a condition that is difficult to diagnose and is often overlooked by physicians and physiotherapists.

  • The joint can be hyper or hypo-mobile which can cause pain.
  • Pain is usually localised over the buttock. Patients usually describe the pain as sharp, dull, achy, stabbing, or shooting pain directly over the affected joint.
  • Patients can often complain of sharp, stabbing, and/or shooting pain which extends down the posterior thigh usually not past the knee.
  • Pain can frequently mimic and be misdiagnosed as radicular pain.
  • Patients will frequently complain of pain while sitting down, lying on the ipsilateral side of pain, or climbing stairs.

Physiotherapy Management:

  • The aim of the first stage of treatment is to reduce the inflammation with icepacks and anti-inflammatory medication.
  • The second goal is to improve mobility using mobilisations, manual or exercise therapy.
  • If there are complaints of instability, it can be useful to make use of a sacroiliac belt to temporarily support the pelvis, together with progressive stabilisation training to increase motor control and stability.
  • If the sacroiliac joint is severely inflamed, a sacroiliac belt can also be used.
  • Postural and ergonomic advice will help the patient to decrease the risk of re-injury

If you believe this relates to you, don’t hesitate to book now with one of our physiotherapists.


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