According to studies, 10% of the US population suffers from some form of lower back pain. Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, one type of lower back pain, is typically caused by abnormal motion in the sacroiliac joint, either too much motion or too little motion. It typically results in inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, and can be waning.
Specialists who sacroiliac joint dysfunction:
- Orthopedic Surgeon – physicians who manage special problems of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons diagnosis your injury or disorder, provide treatment with medication, exercise, surgery or other treatment plans, encourage rehabilitation by recommending exercises or physical therapy to restore movement, strength and function. Orthopedic surgeons prepare patients for surgery as an Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction injury usually requires surgical correction.
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – is a medical specialty concerned with diagnosis, evaluation, and management of persons of all ages with physical and/or cognitive impairment and disability.
- Pain Medicine – the field of medicine that is concerned with the prevention of pain, and the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of persons in pain.
- Physical Therapist - health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility through developing fitness and wellness programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction symptoms may include:
- Pain in the lower back, usually only on one side.
- Hip pain.
- Discomfort with bending over or standing after sitting for long periods.
- Improvement in pain when lying down.
Risk Factors & Prevention
You are at a greater risk for sacroiliac joint dysfunction if you:
- Weak muscles.
- Bending or twisting the back.
- Improper lifting.
- Inflammatory conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis.
Reduce the onset of sacroiliac joint dysfunction by:
- Exercise regularly to keep muscles strong.
- Maintain good posture.
- Use proper techniques for bending, lifting, or playing sports.