SI Joint Pain When Sitting

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SI Joint Dysfunction & Pain When Sitting

If you find that you can’t sit without discomfort or pain for any lengthy period of time, then a problem with the SI Joint could be to blame. Your spine health expert can diagnose the condition and recommend a course of treatment for the pain associated with this spinal condition.

SI Joint Pain Symptoms – Pain When Sitting

Do you have trouble sitting for more than a short period of time? This symptom, along with others is a hallmark of a condition called Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. This disorder is more common than you might think, but the good news is that it can be treated by means of medication, physical therapy, chiropractic care and in some severe cases, surgery.

Is Pain When Sitting a Symptom of SI Joint Dysfunction?

It would seem that the simple act of sitting down shouldn’t elicit a pain response, but in patients that suffer from problems related to the SI joint, it often can.

Why does this happen? The best answer to that question often lies in a spine health expert’s assessment of a part of your spine called the sacroiliac joint. Also known as the SI joint, it is located between your tailbone and your hip, and it’s a common culprit when it comes to low back pain.

Sacoriliac joint dysfunction can be difficult for some providers to diagnose. So many problems can occur in the lumbar region of the spine, so isolating the source of your low back pain when sitting can be challenging. The primary symptom of sacroiliac dysfunction is lower back pain that usually presents on one side more than on the other. Pain can also occur in the groin or thigh, and even as far down as the knee. This type of pain is much worse when you’ve been sitting for a long time.

Often, SI joint pain can be treated by means of chiropractic joint rotation, medication therapy or exercise. But if pain persists, surgery may be warranted to keep the problem from worsening further.

Regardless of the origin of the pain, a proper diagnosis is essential so that a course of treatment can be recommended and begun. If you’re experiencing pain when sitting, and you find that you can’t sit for long periods of time, your doctor needs to know. It’s possible that the cause of the pain is dysfunction in the sacroiliac joint, but tests will be needed to determine if this is the case.

You shouldn’t have to suffer from lower back pain, and you should definitely be able to sit down to watch a 2-hour movie without feeling excruciating pain. If you’re having trouble sitting, see your doctor to confirm or rule out sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

At a Glance: Pain When Sitting as a Symptom of SI Joint Dysfunction

  • People with SI Joint Dysfunction often experience discomfort or pain when climbing stairs
  • Injury to the lower back musculature can be a cause of trouble climbing stairs
  • A physical examination is needed to determine the cause of discomfort when climbing stairs.

Health Tips For SI Joint

  • If it hurts to sit in one position, try shifting to another, but see your doctor for a proper evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of the pain.
  • SI joint problems can sometimes be prevented by getting enough exercise and observing a healthy lifestyle.
  • Don’t over-exert the painful SI joint – take it easy, and see your doctor.
  • Certain vitamins and natural remedies may help to provide SI joint pain relief in some patients, be sure to discuss these with your doctor.

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