Sacroiliitis (Lower Back Inflammation) Treatment in Detroit
Are you experiencing acute or chronic hip pain with symptoms of fever? Do you frequently battle with stiff hips or a stiff lower back when getting out of bed in the morning?
These are a few signs of a condition known as sacroiliitis. Chances are, you probably never heard of this condition. We are here to tell you all about it.
What is Sacroiliitis?
Sacroiliitis occurs as a result of inflammation or swelling of one or both of the sacroiliac joints (SI joints). These joints are located where the lower spine and the pelvis connect.
Because of the location of the SI joints, people can experience pain in the lower back, both legs, and/or the buttocks.
Sacroiliitis can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. It can be mistaken for other health conditions so it is important to determine the root cause of sacroiliac pain, something our doctors are experienced with.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction and sacroiliitis are two of the most common causes of sacroiliac pain, as well as leg pain and lower back pain. However, the two conditions differ:
- Inflammation of the sacroiliac joint characterizes the sacroiliitis condition. It can be caused by sacroiliac joint dysfunction or other causes.
- Pain in the SI joint region caused by abnormal SI joint motion, too little or too much motion—this characterizes sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction often results in sacroiliitis.
Common Symptoms of Sacroiliitis
There are many symptoms that people with sacroiliitis experience, as well as things that may aggravate the condition.
- pain that becomes worse when rolling over in bed
- pain that becomes worse when sitting for extended periods of time
- stiff hips and/or lower back
- buttocks pain
- hip pain
- lower back pain
- leg and/or thigh pain
Things that can potentially aggravate sacroiliitis and promote additional symptoms:
What Causes Sacroiliitis?
Several factors can cause sacroiliac joint dysfunction including:
- pregnancy and childbirth
- infections (i.e. urinary tract infection, etc)
- trauma or injury (particularly trauma to the back, buttocks, or hip)
- osteoarthritis of the spine
- rheumatologic disease
- IV drug use and/or drug addiction
Our trained doctors can get to the root cause of sacroiliac pain. The cause(s) will help to determine which treatment method(s) are right for you.
Treatment and Care Options
How do you treat and care for sacroiliitis? What if you don’t want surgery? Are there other options out there? There sure are other options, and we’re here to provide that information!
Typical treatment options include:
- muscle relaxants
- TNF inhibitors (tumor necrosis factor)
- physical therapy
- joint injections (i.e. steroid injections, SI injections)
- radiofrequency denervation
- electrical stimulation
- joint fusion surgery
- sacroiliitis exercises
- prescription and over-the-counter medications
As you can see, there are several treatment options to help with sacroiliitis pain before choosing narcotics or surgery right off the bat. Our doctors can determine the root cause(s) of your acute or chronic pain to choose the best treatment method(s).
Managing and Living With Sacroiliitis
Have you recently been diagnosed with sacroiliitis? Are you wondering how you can manage your daily life to minimize symptoms and to live a healthier lifestyle?
Our doctors created a list of things you can do in your daily life to manage sacroiliitis.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers if needed. OTC medicines include ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Before taking OTC medicines, consult with your doctor to make sure it is alright.
- Use ice and heat when necessary. Alternating between the two at-home treatments can help to alleviate pain associated with sacroiliitis. Ice can help with inflammation and localized pain, while heat can stimulate blood flow and promote healing.
- Practice good posture while sitting.
- Change your sleeping position if needed. If you notice that lying down a certain way makes your symptoms worse, try a different position until you find one that is comfortable for you. You can also try sleeping with a pillow placed between your knees (this will help to keep the hips in proper alignment).
- Rest when you need to. Do not overdo it. Do not be afraid to lay down and relax throughout the day to give your mind and body a break.
- Do not do activities that may aggravate or worsen the sacroiliac pain.
- Use an SI belt if your doctor recommends it.
Resources and Tools: What Should You Do Now?
If you are experiencing symptoms of sacroiliitis, call Neuro Pain Consultants today. We are here to help you effectively manage acute and chronic pain in the least minimally invasive way and without addictive narcotics.