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Sacroiliitis & Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Causes And Treatment
Sacroiliitis is a painful condition of the pelvic joints known as the sacroiliac, resulting in swelling or inflammation of the SI or sacroiliac joint. The sacred iliac joint or the SI joint Is the largest joint in the body. The SI joint is a connection point between the spin and the pelvis. The sacroiliac joint’s primary purpose is to distribute the upper body’s weight equally onto the lower extremities. The SI or sacroiliac joint is also a shock absorber of the spine that assists the pelvis and trunk’s tilting, twisting, and sliding movements.
Lifting heavy objects, running, and jumping are leading causes of a painful secret iliac joint or sacroiliitis syndrome. Sacroiliitis pain syndrome is also known by other names:
- Sacroiliac joint syndrome or sacroiliac joint pain]
- SI joint pain syndrome
- Sacroiliac dysfunction or SI dysfunction
A sacroiliac joint pain syndrome (sacroiliac joint dysfunction) commonly results from instabilities of the sacroiliac joint’s soft tissues (joint capsule and ligaments). However, sacroiliitis (SI joint pain and dysfunction) is rarely present by itself! However, it can co-occur or present with hip disorders or low back issues such as a slip-disc, spondylolisthesis, or sciatica. Patients who suffer from a sacroiliitis or SI dysfunction in combination with a related co-condition will customized treatment for the SI joint pain and the presenting co-condition.
Is There A Difference Between Sacroiliac Dysfunction And Sacroiliitis?
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction and sacroiliitis are common causes of aches and pains in the low back, SI joint, and leg. However, sacroiliitis is specific to inflammatory processes present in the SI joint and the pain sensed is a direct result of those inflammatory processes. On the other hand, sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a condition caused by ligamentous weaknesses resulting in excessive motion and slight mispositioning of the SI joint. In other words, if you have SI joint pain without the presence of an inflammatory process, it more than likely is an SI joint dysfunction. SI joint dysfunction, unlike sacroiliitis, SI joint pain and dysfunction can present without inflammation.
Facts On Sacroiliitis
According to published studies, approximately 10 to 20% of chronic back patients have sacroiliitis. Chronic unresponsive lower back pain to traditional methods of care provided by chiropractors and physiotherapists or other health care providers need careful and thorough assessments of the sacroiliac or SI joints to rule out sacroiliitis. We have listed some additional facts for you below:
- Sacroiliitis will often present on one side.
- In some, pain may radiate to shot down to the thigh or leg
- Diagnosis is difficult; often patients are misdiagnosed
- Osteoarthritis is the most common cause due to the breakdown of cartilage & ligaments
Common Causes Of Sacroiliitis Pain Syndrome?
If you suffer from chronic back pain that is nonresponsive to traditional treatments, contact us; Chiropractic Specialty Center® (CSC). CSC has the expertise, experience, and advanced therapeutic technologies to treat end diagnose sacroiliac itis effectively.
Several conditions result and swelling, or inflammatory processes add to the secret iliac joints leading to various levels of pain:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Late-stage pregnancy or postpartum pregnancy pains
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Pyrogenic sacroiliitis or infections (sporadic)
The most common cause of sacroiliac is osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis (ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, or psoriatic arthritis. Sacroiliitis & Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Or Syndrome Treatment For Lasting Relief
Sacroiliitis treatment is based on the patients’ specific type of SI dysfunction the patient presents. Dysfunctions related to mechanical issues, such as joint dysfunction, including those diagnosed as sacroiliitis, respond best to physiotherapeutic therapies provided at our centers. As mentioned, the best and most effective system of treating sacroiliac joint dysfunction and sacroiliitis is through the combined efforts of our physiotherapists and chiropractors in Kuala Lumpur. To be more specific, here are the therapies you need most in order of importance:
- Focused SI specific methods of chiropractic treatment without twisting or popping the back
- High-intensity laser therapy
- Specialized forms of cryotherapy in a clinical setting as provided by the QMD cryothermal therapy device
- Soft tissue mobilization
- Customized exercise and rehabilitation
- Sacroiliac joint belt when needed
Sacroiliac joint syndrome (SI joint pain) is a common cause of pain just below the beltline that radiates into the glutes. As stated above, sacroiliac joint pain treatment or best provided by the combination of physiotherapy combined with chiropractic. Integrating chiropractic with physiotherapy requires comprehensive therapies that repair and fix the pelvis’s ligaments, muscles, and joints (SI or sacroiliac joints) without surgery or injections.
Sacroiliac Joint Belts
The sacroiliac belt wraps around the space right below the anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS), above the pubic symphysis, the lower third of the sacrum, and the greater trochanter of the thigh on the sides. The sacroiliac belt provides additional stability to the hypermobile sacroiliac joint or pubic symphysis. A hypermobile joint may produce pain, a sense of instability or weakness, and recurrent joint misalignment.
If stressing the sacroiliac joint or the pubic symphysis in forward-backward or upward-downward directions causes any pain, the belt is most likely to be helpful. The belt would provide similar support if the patient can move the leg forward or backward smoothly when the compression force is applied to the sacroiliac joints. Remove the belt if the compression force from the belt is causing any pain.
How Does The Belt Work?
Hypermobile joint causes abnormal tension in the ligaments that support the joint, resulting in a change of strength in the muscles around that joint. The belt helps stabilize the joint by bringing the SI joint’s adjoining surfaces closer together, which may improve muscle strength. Also, the pressure applied by the belt on the surrounding skin may increase proprioceptive information in the nervous system, decreasing the pain through the ‘Pain Gating Mechanism.’ Muscle relaxation of the tensed muscles following pain reduction would reduce the tendency of joint malalignment. Other than that, the pressure applied by the belt on hip abductors and buttock muscles decreases the maximum contraction strength of these muscles. This effect would be similar to the forearm band for a tennis elbow.
However, the clinical teams of Chiropractic Specialty Center® (CSC) provide the best treatment for back pain and sacroiliac pain syndromes. Lumbar belts and sacroiliac belts can help decrease pain and stiffness, but prolonged use of these supportive braces may also cause muscle weakness. Therefore, CSC’s clinical teams of chiropractors and physiotherapists recommend that you limit the use of these belts.
Belts and supports surrounding the hips, back, and pelvis, should be used for a limited time. The best means of stability is fixing the root cause of your hip and back pain is better. And that is where our clinical teams come in. Supports should not be worn for more than two hours at a time. Also, avoid wearing such supports for more than a week. Should the pain continue to get care from an expert team: Hip pain treatment is better than others in Malaysia.
CSC’s advanced technology that others do not have. Call our main center at 03 2093 1000 to get information about our belts, their uses, and the best holistic sacroiliitis treatment without injections or surgery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today.