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SI Joint Pain Guide 2023: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Welcome to Innovative Therapy PC, where we prioritize your health and wellbeing above all else.

To further support you on your path to wellness, we have developed this comprehensive SI Joint Pain Guide.

Our mission is to arm you with the knowledge to understand your body and the tools to take control of your health.

In this guide, you’ll find detailed information about SI joint pain, including causes, symptoms, prevention strategies, and treatment options.


What is the SI joint?




The sacroiliac (SI) joint, located at the intersection of your spine and pelvis, plays a critical role in connecting your spine to your lower body.

This joint, situated between the sacrum (the base of your spine) and the iliac bones (the large bones that make up your pelvis), is responsible for shock absorption during movement, effectively protecting your spine.

While this joint is robust and capable of withstanding considerable stress, it isn’t immune to joint problems, which can result in pain and discomfort.


What causes SI joint pain?

SI joint pain can be traced back to various causes. The primary culprits include:



Aging often brings with it the progressive wear-and-tear of joints, leading to osteoarthritis.

This condition, characterized by the gradual degeneration of the cartilage that cushions the SI joint, can cause discomfort and pain.


Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease primarily affecting the spine.

It often starts in the SI joint, causing pain and stiffness.

Over time, inflammation can lead to the bones of the spine fusing together, a process known as joint fusion.



Gout is a form of arthritis often associated with the big toe, but it can also affect the SI joint.

Excess uric acid levels in the blood form crystals within the joint, triggering inflammation and severe pain.



Various types of injuries, such as those resulting from a significant fall, a car accident, or spine surgery, can lead to SI joint pain.

These incidents can cause damage to the SI joint, leading to lingering pain and discomfort.



Pregnancy can contribute to SI joint pain due to hormonal changes that loosen the ligaments and muscles around the pelvis.

This increased flexibility allows the pelvis to expand during childbirth but can cause instability in the SI joint, resulting in pain.


Walking patterns

Uneven walking patterns or uneven leg length can place additional strain on one side of the SI joint, causing imbalance and leading to pain over time.


Preventing SI Joint Pain

Preventing SI joint pain is possible with the right lifestyle choices.

Regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and practicing good posture can significantly reduce the risk of developing SI joint problems.

Regular check-ups and prompt medical attention for minor aches and pains can also help prevent more significant issues down the line.


Symptoms of SI Joint Pain




SI joint pain can present with a variety of symptoms.

These include lower back pain, hip or groin pain, discomfort while sitting or climbing stairs, and a sensation of legs buckling.

In some cases, patients may also feel numbness or weakness in the legs.


Diagnosing SI Joint Problems

At Innovative Therapy PC, we use a comprehensive approach to diagnose SI joint problems.

This process includes a detailed medical history, and physical examination. 



Once diagnosed, our treatment approach involves a combination of therapy, self-care, and organic plant based support for your cells, based on the severity of your condition.


Therapy, Exercise, and Self-Care

A well-planned physical therapy program can balance your body’s movements, strengthen the muscles supporting your SI joint, enhance your stability and even resolve pain.

Specific SI joint pain exercises tailored to your condition can help manage and reduce symptoms.

Self-care, including rest, heat/cold therapy, and organic plant based cellular support reduce inflammation and pain.

In combination these steps play a critical role in managing SI joint pain.


The Focus is on Nonsurgical Therapies




Organic, Plant based products which match your cellular chemistry naturally, can support healing and reduce inflammation.

Our proprietary system of movement testing and treatment balances your body parts bringing comfort and relief naturally. 

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FAQs About SI Joint Pain Guide

What is the best way to relieve SI joint pain?

The best way to relieve SI joint pain can depend on the underlying cause and severity of your pain.

A combination of pelvic balancing, exercises, natural plant based cellular support, work together to correct the issues which relieve pain.


What triggers sacroiliac joint pain?

SI joint pain can be triggered by various factors, including osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, injury, pregnancy, or imbalanced walking patterns,, to name a few triggers.


How do you treat SI joint problems?

Treatment for SI joint problems typically involves a combination of our proprietary movement therapy, self-care, organic plant based cellular nutrition, and manual therapy.

Your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs and condition severity.


What are the signs and symptoms of SI joint?

Symptoms of SI joint problems can include lower back pain, hip or groin pain, difficulty sitting, standin up from a sitting position or climbing stairs, and less frequently a sensation of the legs giving way.


What are the outcomes after treatment for sacroiliitis?

Outcomes can vary based on the severity of the condition and the individual’s overall health.

The focus the individual puts on working the program makes a significant difference in their  outcome.

However, with a comprehensive treatment plan, many patients experience significant pain reduction and improved quality of life.

Some experience complete pain resolution.


What’s the difference between SI joint pain vs sciatica?

While both conditions can cause lower back pain, SI joint pain often affects one side of the lower back, hip, or buttock.

In contrast, sciatica typically causes a sharp pain that travels down one or both legs to the foot or feet.


When should I call my doctor?

If you’re experiencing persistent or severe SI joint pain, or if your symptoms worsen despite home care, it’s crucial to contact your doctor or our team at Innovative Therapy PC.

Reach us at (214) 225-8530 or email [email protected] to schedule a consultation.

Your health is our mission.

Trust us to guide you through your journey to wellness with professional care, compassion, and expertise.


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Mary Thomas P.T.

Certified in LDT | Developer of the BODi Power System
Pelvic Balancing, Back Pain Irradicator, Functional Movement Restoration

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