Patient Comments: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction - Treatments

What treatment has been effective for your SI joint pain?

Comment from: Janie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I injured my SI in a fall off an 18 foot ladder. I didn't want surgery. It took a few years of gentle restorative yoga to tease/stretch out the muscles now supporting the displaced SI (a few sessions also with a chiropractor) and when the SI "slid" in to place relief but then great pain as there were no supporting correct placement muscles so walking bending , everything pulled the SI out of alignment ( lots of pain!!!). Now after a few years of Core Strengthening and sessions of stretching, strengthening over a "peanut” exercise ball I have many days of pain free movement! I am able to keep up, almost, with my 10 year old triplets!

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Comment from: isk8ermum5, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I go to a chiropractor and also a massage therapist every week. This keeps me pain free. BUT I missed the massage for two weeks and have been paying for it ever since. Massage really helps relax the muscles around the SI joint.

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Published: July 11

I started to have SI joint issues when I changed jobs and started sitting the majority of the day. Since I don't want to change jobs, I got a SI injection and that has kept the pain down to manageable levels for nearly 2 years. Now I am experiencing a severe flare-up so will likely need another injection.

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Comment from: lebogdebrush, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 23

I started getting lower back pain after the birth of my daughter nearly 18 years ago. When she was about six months I could not bend over and straighten back up nor walk very far without being in awful pain. I had injections down both sides of spine from L5/S1 down every three months. I then moved and the pain was bearable. Then last year after about three years of struggling I sought further help from my pain specialist. The injections are painful but we have finally found the source of my pain. We have agreed to another set of injections in 8 months time or earlier if I need them. But this time the injections are holding. Do not suffer a few minutes more pain having the injections is worth the relief these can give.

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Comment from: ASinpain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I am 32 years old and have been dealing with back pain for years along with that my SI joints keep popping out of place each one exterior rotating. This has been causing me horrible pain; I have went through physical therapy where I could barely walk afterwards, tried a SI belt, injections, nerve blocks, chiropractic and medication none of this seems to help. My doctor asked me if I would be interested in SI Infuse. I hurt nonstop and it is so hard to deal with.

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Comment from: savage, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I have had SI joint pain for years. I have had several SI joint injections and did not get any relief from the intense pain. I have had other steroid injections in my back, neck, hip and knees and this was by far the most painful injection to endure! They "numb you up" and wait a few minutes before injecting the site. That was bad, but the injection was horrific! It sent me through the roof! After two of those (they say sometimes they take 2 injections to work) I decided I would NEVER have another SI joint injection again! hope this helps.

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Comment from: Michele, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

After 18 years of back pain I got a correct diagnosis, my SI was out of place causing my spine to twist at the base. I had Dextrose Sclerosant Therapy from a fantastic rheumatologist, along with a little physiotherapy. What a difference. 10 years on, I have only had a couple of minor bad back incidents which were probably my own fault, and nowhere near as severe as before. Basically, the physio puts the joint into place, then you have a few injections of dextrose into the joint at 2 week intervals. The dextrose merely aggravates the ligaments to strengthen more quickly, holding the joint as it should be. It changed my life.

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Comment from: cyberfarie2u, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I have scoliosis, spina bifida, osteoarthritis, disfigured pelvic bones and hips, and sacroiliitis. Needless to say, I have considerable pain on a daily basis. I have tried it all, physical therapy, chiropractor, water exercises, electrical stimulation, steroid injections, spinal fusions, about 9 spine surgeries, you name it...I have done it. My doctor finally figured out that most of my symptoms are from my sacroiliitis. So I tried the radio frequency. IT WAS AWESOME!!! I had 70% relief of pain, however it only lasted about 3 months. Now the pain is back worse that ever. I'm lost, I can't afford another round of RF, and am seriously thinking maybe sciatic fusion is my last resort.

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