Patient Comments: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction - Treatments

What treatment has been effective for your SI joint pain?

Comment from: Fenix, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I had an accident last year, slipped while running down a flight of stairs, and suffered spinal concussion/temporary paralysis to my lumbar region. Paresthesia occurred from head to foot thereafter. My GP and Neurologist had no idea for treatment, which was hardly surprising as they did not touch me, or really examine me. I deduced that paresthesia must have resulted from referred tension, so I attended a Pilates class, and then did some yoga at home and it worked - full sensation returned to my body. I did however have a left shoulder and hip that were raised and it caused me pain. I saw an osteopath/cranio-sacral practitioner. He straightened me up and made me pain free in three sessions. He advised me to swim for a month and then resume running. My advice would be this: see an osteopath, swim, run, do Pilates, yoga, and also you may wish to try ballet-Pilates, as all help to strengthen the gluteal and core muscles. There are numerous exercises that can be employed to strengthen gluteal/core, but classes afford a supervised and thus more accurate/focused/monitored exercise plan. Walking alone will not suffice to remedy this burning, persistent pain. I still have flare ups occasionally - deep, burning pain in buttock, which causes pain/stiffness down leg and into my foot. Freshly grated ginger, made into a tisane or just eaten has great anti-inflammatory properties. Fortified cod liver oil is great too. Lay off red meat/dairy, and eat fresh fruit/veg/pulses/brown rice. Stress exacerbates the pain, so try to exercise and do relaxing pursuits.

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Comment from: Sue, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I am 51 years old just told I have had SI joint. Been on walker for almost 2 weeks. Going to chiropractor, some small improvement. No insurance don't know what else to do. Pain is unbearable. Others think I'm crazy for going to chiropractor and not a medical doctor. What else can I do out of work because of pain.

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Published: April 29

I just recently found out that I had a problem with my SI joint. I've had back problems for years and this is definitely one of the most painful things I've had to deal with. I'm going for an injection on Tuesday. (I'm not happy about that.) In the meantime, low doses of prednisone and Lortab 10s are helping keep the pain not as bad. Also, Lidoderm patches are a miracle. They help so much with back and nerve pain. I'm 38 years old and hope that this stuff keeps working! I'd like to rejoin the human race!

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Comment from: ffdad, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 16

I'm a 33 year-old firefighter and I hurt my back 5 months ago lifting a Patient. I have had a MRI, and an SI joint injection, which sucked. Now I hurt worse than I did before.

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Comment from: Hurting, Published: September 19

I first had an SI strain two years ago and had an injection. It helped immensely. Rather than physical therapy, I opted for yoga, which can be continued lifelong. I had no further problems until my yoga teacher took a leave of absence and I did not keep up with it at home. I overworked my back and now have had pain in both SI joints for two weeks. I will probably go back for injections and the restart yoga faithfully.

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Comment from: bluizoftx, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I am thrilled I found this site. I thought I was alone in the world with my SI joint pain condition. I am 48 years old now, and I have lived with SI joint pain for more than 10 years. I am a nurse and I believe I injured myself lifting a patient at work one day. Eventually I became unable to work any longer and I ended up seeing a neurosurgeon and was told I have disc problems at L5 and S1, requiring a fusion. The pain started again about a year after surgery and I've suffered with severe pain on the right side at the SI joint, radiating into the hip and down to the knee, and a lot of the time even into the foot. The pain is unbearable. I've done everything possible to get help and relief, only finding it returning after a short period of relief. The many doctors I've seen don't seem to know what to do with me. MRI's, X-rays, etc., don't show any problems. I've decided to see a rheumatologist and I'm praying he will be able to help me. This condition has taken on a life of its own and I am finding it impossible to have a life because of the pain.

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Comment from: RW, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

I have found that cortisone injections have been effective and usually last for 3-4 months. My GP advises me that cortisone, over a long period of time will eventually cause the SI joint to deteriorate. I am considering the fusion surgery as an option to long-term cortisone use.

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