Sacroiliac Joint Pain (cont.)

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What are home remedies for sacroiliac joint dysfunction?

Oral anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs such as ibuprofen [Motrin], naproxen sodium [Aleve], or acetaminophen [Tylenol]) are often effective for pain relief. If the cause of sacroiliac joint dysfunction is mechanical, such as from pregnancy or the aging process, then rest and ice may be helpful. On the other hand, if the cause is inflammatory, such as from ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis, then gentle exercise (walking) and heat may be helpful.

What is the prognosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction?

The prognosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction varies depending on the cause of the dysfunction. When the problem is caused by pregnancy, the prognosis is excellent, as the condition usually improves after pregnancy during the postpartum period. Conditions affecting the sacroiliac joints such as ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis are chronic, but excellent treatments are available. These treatments can minimize the SI joint pain and prevent destruction of the joints. Degenerative arthritis affecting the SI joint is also a chronic condition and cannot be reversed, but treatments are generally very effective in improving symptoms.

Is it possible to prevent sacroiliac joint dysfunction?

Unfortunately, SI joint dysfunction is not preventable in some people. For many, it is an unfortunate part of the normal aging process. However, the severity can be reduced through treatment with medication, injections, or physical therapy. Maintaining a healthy body weight and good conditioning can reduce the chances of developing SI joint dysfunction and other forms of arthritis. By reducing the loads on the joints, there is less chance for cartilage damage and subsequent arthritis.

REFERENCES:

Szadek, K.M., P. van der Wurff, M.W. van Tulder, W.W. Zuurmond, and R.S. Perez. "Diagnostic Validity of Criteria for Sacroiliac Joint Pain: A Systematic Review." J Pain. 10.4 Apr. 2009: 354-68.

Tuite, M.J. "Sacroiliac Joint Imaging." Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 12.1 Mar. 2008: 72-82.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/13/2015

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