Non-surgical Management for Sacroiliac Joint Pain


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Sacroiliac joint pain, or sacroiliitis, happens due to inflammation. The pain starts at the lower back and spreads even all the way down to the buttocks, thighs and legs. If you think you might be suffering from this condition, don’t hesitate to arrange a consultation with one of the best pain management doctors in Miami.

When you stand up and feel some pain in your lower back that could likely be your sacroiliac joints acting up. These are located in the spine, in your lower back area, to support your upper body weight when you shift, stand and move.

Sacroiliac Joint Pain Triggers

Sometimes, just the act of standing up can cause the pain as you shift your body weight and the legs bear most of it. Sacroiliitis may also be triggered by activities like jogging, running, or sports in general because the repetition and pounding brings pressure to the spine and causes the inflammation. 

However, the risk may be higher for people who have an injury, or trauma in the spine area from a fall, a car crash, or a previous surgery. Pregnant women are also prone to develop this condition temporarily. It may also be aggravated by osteoarthritis, or infections.

Sacroiliac joint pain has the following common symptoms:

  • Pain – either sharp or dull – in the lower back area, all the way to the legs
  • Stiffness around the hips and the lower back
  • Pain when moving, or changing positions, walking up the stairs, or turning in the bed
  • Discomfort when walking, or taking long strides

Prevalence of Sacroiliac Joint Pain

A study from Medical Devices: Evidence and Research cited that 15% of patients who see doctors for chronic lower back pain may be suffering from sacroiliitis. About 234 million adults in America may be burdened by this condition and a large number might be undiagnosed. 

Another study from the journal Pain Physician suggested that this condition affects 10-62% of people complaining of lower back pain. Determining the actual numbers has been the subject of debate in the medical community as the symptoms of sacroiliac joint pain may be similar to sciatica. 

Contrary to popular notion, sacroiliac joint pain may also affect younger adults as much as senior adults. However, this condition mostly affects people in their ’50s. 

Treatments for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Foregoing surgery, there are plenty of options for managing and treating sacroiliac joint pain, depending on the intensity, severity and the doctor’s diagnosis. The following non-surgical treatments are available at GenLife Miami pain clinic:

  • Medication. The most common and accessible treatment for sacroiliac joint pain is medications like pain relievers, muscle relaxants or Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors.
  • Physical Therapy. Stretching exercises, massages and physical therapy that deal with range-of-motion can also stabilize the joints. In pregnant women, physical therapy via specialized exercises and nonelastic sacroiliac belt have been determined to be the most effective in managing joint pain, according to a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy

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  • Prolotherapy with PRP. Your pain doctor in Miami might also suggest prolotherapy with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This requires injecting PRP to the joints to stimulate and accelerate the healing process as the blood platelets have regenerative properties. Prolotherapy with PRP worked for 36.33% of patients in a study published in the journal Cogent Medicine. Continuous treatments significantly improved the patients’ condition by 46.17% to 54.91%.

Learn more about GenLife Miami Pain Clinic

At our Miami pain clinic, prior to beginning treatment, your signs and symptoms are thoroughly evaluated to gather an accurate assessment and an objective measurement of your medical needs. Objective measurements allow us a better understanding of the unique attributes of your pain.

When looking for pain management in Miami, there are several options – both surgical and non-surgical. As a pain doctor in Miami who believes that surgery should be THE LAST resort, Dr. Mahl utilizes a range of non-surgical treatment options.

If you would like to learn more about prolotherapy and other non-surgical treatment options for pain management, please Contact Us.

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