Relief of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

The Facts

The sacroiliac (SI) joint is the joint between the sacrum and the ilium bones. This joint is similar to the shocks on the car, it is meant to absorb and transfer force between the body and legs. We have a right and left SI joint.

Sacroiliac joint pain ranges from mild to severe depending on the extent and cause of injury. Acute SI joint pain occurs suddenly and usually heals within several days to weeks. Chronic SI joint pain persists for more than three months; it may be felt all the time or worsen with certain activities.

The signs and symptoms of SI pain start in the lower back and buttock, and may radiate to the lower hip, groin or upper thigh. While the pain is usually one sided, it can occur on both sides. Patients may also experience numbness or tingling in the leg or a feeling of weakness in the leg.


SI joint pain can typically be addressed through non-surgical treatment and is typically treated successfully with physical therapy. Physical therapy may or may not be combined with other treatment options, depending on the care plan you and your provider establish.

As a patient, you should expect frequent home exercises. This is the foundation of any good physical therapy and making progress through your treatment. It may also include heat or ice, rest and more exercises!

Recovery and Prevention

A positive attitude, regular activity, and a prompt return to work are all very important elements of recovery. If regular job duties cannot be performed initially, modified (light or restricted) duty may be prescribed for a limited time.

Prevention is Key to Avoiding Recurrence

  • Proper lifting methods
  • Good posture
  • Regular exercise with stretching /strengthening
  • An ergonomic work station
  • Good nutrition, healthy weight, lean body mass
  • Stress management and relaxation techniques

If you are interested in treating your SI pain, please contact the providers at OPTI. 208-966-4476

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