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SI Joint Pain and Buttock Pain – The Connection

There are a number of conditions that can be accompanied by pain in the buttocks and Si Joint Dysfunction is one of them. If you are experiencing discomfort and a few days of over-the-counter pain relievers don’t seem to be helping with the pain, it’s time to meet with a spine health expert.

Buttock Pain as a Symptom of SI Joint Dysfunction

Buttock pain can have many causes, one of which is sacroiliac joint dysfunction.  This condition and it’s symptoms are more common in women than in men. This type of pain may not respond to the usual treatments for lower back pain, and it’s important to get a proper diagnosis in order to determine the origin of the pain and to devise an effective course of treatment.

Is Buttock Pain a Symptom of SI Joint Dysfunction?

Your buttocks help support you while standing, moving and sitting. They are made up of three main gluteal muscles, nerves and blood vessels, and they affect (and are affected by) the legs, hips and spine. This makes identifying buttock pain causes challenging because the pain is not typically created by the buttock itself.

SI Joint pain accompanied by buttock pain should be taken seriously and may even be a symptom of sacroiliac joint disorder. When this is the case, the pain usually manifests in the tailbone area of the body. This condition is usually more problematic in women, because the anatomy of the pelvis and surrounding structures is slightly different in females, causing the sacroiliac joint to take on a lot of stress. When a woman is pregnant, the pelvic ring becomes unstable as the ligaments surrounding it begin to soften. The pelvis is less able to resist force – which is natural, but can cause significant pain in the pelvic joints, which can migrate to other areas, resulting in SI joint pain and buttock pain.

Low back pain may also be experienced when the SI joint is affected and accompanied by buttock pain, and often it’s difficult to determine whether the pain is originating in the back itself, or in the sacroiliac joint. The trouble is compounded by the fact that physical exams, like leg raise tests, are notoriously unreliable. Often, to diagnose sacroiliac dysfunction, it is necessary to perform certain provocative maneuvers or other specific types of tests to zero in on the cause of the SI joint and buttock pain. Since the sacroiliac joint is the last joint in the spine, nerve block tests can be highly effective. With this type of test, an anesthetic that blocks the nerve clusters in the affected area is injected into the pelvic joint. If the pain goes away, then the likely culprit is the sacroiliac joint. Once the diagnosis is made, a course of treatment can be determined.

Traditional treatments that are used for lower back pain are not usually effective on sacroiliac joint pain, and that’s why it’s so important to isolate the cause of the pain. A regular back brace, for instance, won’t reach low enough on the bottom part of the spine in order to support the sacroiliac joint. A sacroiliac belt, on the other hand, wraps around the pelvis, and may provide relief.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction causes pain in many areas, the buttocks included. Treatment needs to be directed to the area that is causing the problem, and the origin could be in the lumbar spine, the pelvis, or both.

At a Glance: SI Joint Pain and Buttock Pain

  • Buttock pain could be an indication of a sacroiliac joint disorder
  • Buttock pain related to SI Joint problems pain is more common in women than in men.
  • Traditional physical examinations may not be sufficient in identifying sacroiliac joint dysfunction as the cause of buttock pain.
  • Sacroiliac dysfunction can manifest as pain in the buttocks as well as other areas of the body.

Health Tips For SI Joint

  • SI Joint Pain and Buttock Pain may be eased by exercise
  • A proper diagnosis is key to developing the right treatment plan to address SI Joint pain and buttock pain
  • Even when good spine health is practiced, problems with the sacroiliac joint cannot always be avoided but early diagnosis can help aid in more rapid treatment of the problem
  • A special type of back brace may help ease SI joint pain and it’s corresponding buttock pain symptoms

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