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Dealing with swelling, inflammation, or dysfunction of the SI joint? We can help.
Dysfunction or inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, can often lead to pelvic or lower back pain. Since so many conditions and injuries can also lead to pain in the pelvis or lower back, it can be a bit difficult to pinpoint when the SI joint could be the cause.
Our Sugar Land, and Victoria, TX, experts are able to spot SI joint dysfunction and inflammation immediately, making sure that you get the proper pain management and care.
What causes sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
There are several reasons for the dysfunction of the SI joint. These reasons include:
- Inflammation of the joint: this leads to pelvic pain and stiffness. Inflammation may be the result of an infection or a chronic inflammatory condition such as arthritis.
- Hypermobility of the joint: if the joint is too mobile this can lead to instability, weakness, and pain. Those with a hypermobile SI joint may be more likely to experience pain in the groin, lower back, and hip area.
- Hypomobility of the joint: limited mobility of the joint can lead to pain and muscle tension. Those with a hypomobile SI joint are more likely to experience pain on one side that may originate in the lower back or buttocks and run down the leg.
- Injury to the joint: A car accident or a bad fall that impacts the pelvis could also affect the health and function of the sacroiliac joint.
SI joint dysfunction is more commonly seen in women, particularly women who are pregnant or have recently had a baby.
What are the signs of SI joint pain?
Some of the warning signs and symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction include:
- Radiating pain in the hips, buttocks, and groin
- Lower back pain that may occur on one side or both sides of the body
- Stabbing pain around the thighs and buttocks that may mimic sciatica pain
- Pain that gets worse with movement such as running
- Instability in the lower back or pelvis
- Limited mobility and stiffness in the lower back, hips, and groin that makes certain movements more difficult
How is SI joint pain treated?
If you suspect that you might be dealing with sacroiliac joint pain here in Victoria, Sugar Land, or the Greater Houston area, it’s important that you turn to our pain management team and find out what’s going on and how to best treat the problem. While rest, icing, or heat therapy can ease symptoms, we know that you want more long-term solutions that can improve symptoms and also prevent them in the future. Other ways to improve and alleviate SI joint pain include:
- Pain relievers (e.g., NSAIDs)
- Manipulative therapy
- Bracing the pelvis for added support
- Anti-inflammatory joint injections (e.g., corticosteroid injections)
Dealing with lower back or pelvic pain that you think may be caused by SI joint dysfunction? If you would like an evaluation with one of our specialized pain management physicians in the Victoria or Greater Houston area, simply call (361) 575-2882, or (281) 240-4300.
Your joints are responsible for the movements you perform every day, from writing a note to walking across the street. Joint pain, as you might imagine, makes these normal tasks difficult, even impossible. As many as one-third of adults report having pain in their joints within the last month, with the knees, shoulders, and hips being the most commonly affected areas. Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, TX, as well as Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX, commonly treat this ailment. Our team of experts outlines the basics of joint pain and how it is effectively treated.
Common causes of joint pain
Many of our patients at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management who have joint pain are dealing with some form of arthritis, whether it's due to the breakdown of the cushioning cartilage between the joints (osteoarthritis) or a malfunctioning immune system (rheumatoid arthritis). Gout or bursitis, which involves fluid buildup around the joints, is painful as well. Injuries like strains and sprains are also responsible for the pain felt in wrist and ankle joints. This is only a shortlist of common conditions your interventional pain management team treats. Your Victoria, TX, and Sugar Land, TX, joint specialist works with you to determine the exact cause of your joint pain.
Treatment of joint pain
At Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management, we focus on using interventional pain management techniques whenever possible to help our patients with their chronic joint pain. These techniques are minimally invasive (non-surgical) and are aimed at treating joint pain at the source through injections of steroids or synthetic fluids to replace the loss of natural lubricants. Cold therapy and electric nerve stimulation are also used to slow the body's response to pain in the affected area. These treatments are used in conjunction with physical therapy exercises. Your Sugar Land, TX, and Victoria, TX, joint pain doctor will customize a treatment plan that alleviates your symptoms while managing your discomfort between appointments.
To schedule an appointment regarding joint pain with Dr. Wilson Almonte or Dr. Ted Lin, contact Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, Texas at (361) 575-2882. We also have an office located in Sugar Land, TX. Brazos Pain Management can be reached at (281) 240-4300. Call us today!