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If you’re having pain in your back or pelvis, you might be wondering what to do for SI joint pain. And furthermore, what is the best treatment for sacroiliac joint pain? After all, it’s an uncomfortable chronic condition. So in this post, we’ll talk about how to help SI joint pain. And it starts by understanding how that joint works and why you’re having pain in the first place.

SI joint pain causes

Potential ( not all) causes of sacroiliac pain include arthritis, traumatic injury, pregnancy, systemic inflammatory conditions, and infection. Other potential contributors include spinal scoliosis, leg length discrepancy, and previous lumbar spine fusion. Sometimes, there is no clear cause for sacroiliac pain.

The diagnosis of sacroiliac pain starts with a careful history and physical examination, which helps to distinguish sacroiliac pain from other potential etiologies.
A common complaint is pain at the location of the sacroiliac joint as shown in this picture below
As always, it’s best to see specialists in Nobody Deserves to Be In Pain – Pain Healing Center. But knowledge never hurts, so let’s cover sacroiliac joints 101:

How To Treat SI Joint Pain

The sacroiliac (SI) joint connects your spine to your pelvis. Just near the tailbone. This joint helps balance the weight between the legs and the torso. However, it’s common to have pain in this area if it’s overworked. At the same time, if you don’t move the area enough, it can also cause pain because you get stiff. Inflammation is another cause of SI joint pain. When the SI joint creates pain, it can radiate to other areas as well.

This is one of the most uncomfortable dysfunctions to experience. So if you’re having SI joint pain, here’s what you should know about how to treat it.

What Is The Treatment For Sacroiliac Joint Pain?

First, understand there is no one size fits all solution on how to treat sacroiliac joint pain. That being said, there are some common approaches


There are certain anti-inflammatory medications that can help you with your SI joint pain. These include NSAIDs. Some of these medications may be over-the-counter. In other cases, you may need to consult with your doctor in order to get a prescription for a more powerful medication.

Heat And Ice Treatment

Alternating heat and ice treatment is a great way to reduce pain. The heat can relax the muscles around your SI joint. On the other hand, a cold compress can reduce the inflammation. This is an effective combo in order to reduce pain and discomfort.


We do not do adjustments in our office, However, a referral to an osteopathic doctor can help you readjust your joints using certain manipulation techniques. This can help you relieve stiffness/

Use A Brace

There are certain orthotic braces that can help with SI joint discomfort. They can wrap around your waist and lower torso. They can even help you stabilize the area to deal with inflammation, reducing pain.

Good Movement Practices

You want to try to get a good amount of movement throughout your day. However, the movements should be low impact if your SI joint is hurting. Things like aerobic exercises, stretches, and yoga can help. They promote blood flow and relax the area at the same time.
Sacroiliac joint steroid injection: This injection is used to diagnose and/or treat lower back pain that comes from your sacroiliac joint.
Sacroiliac joint radiofrequency ablation (RFA) : A radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the sacroiliac joint (SI joint) is a procedure that uses radio waves to heat and destroy nerves. These nerves carry pain signals from the injured sacroiliac joint to the brain. Radiofrequency ablation of the sacroiliac joint may be recommended for those patients who have received short-term pain relief after injecting the SI joint with numbing medicine
Sacroiliac joint fusion: A referral to SI joint fusion might be necessary if the pain does not improve with conservative treatment and minimally invasive procedures

SI Joint Pain Relief

Wondering what to do about SI joint pain? The experts at  can help you relieve your SI joint discomfort.  We do SI joint injection and RFA procedure for SI joint