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SI Joint Belts and Sacroiliac Dysfunction

Sometimes the first treatment step in relieving SI joint pain is through the use of an SI Joint Belt. This apparatus is worn around the lowest part of the hips and can reduce inflammation, restore function, and alleviate SI joint pain and related symptoms.

SI Joint Belts to Treat Sacroiliac Dysfunction

Your sacroiliac (SI) joints are located at the base of your spine and connect it to the pelvis. These important joints are actually what make it possible for you to stand and walk. When your sacroiliac joint isn’t working properly and you are experiencing pain, the condition can be helped by using an SI joint belt to provide support.

Is an SI Joint Belt The Right SI Joint Pain Treatment for You?

If you have sacroiliac (SI) joint pain, and you’ve tried any number of different exercises and therapies but it’s not getting any better, you might ask your doctor about the possibility of using an SI joint belt (also known as a trochanteric belt). It’s a supportive brace that can reduce inflammation, restore function, and alleviate SI joint pain.

The sacroiliac, or SI joints are located at either side of the base of your spine, and they connect your spine to your pelvis. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to walk, or even stand. In addition to helping you stand and walk, the SI joints work as kind of shock absorbers for the body – they reduce the force of your upper body’s weight on the lower body.

That said, the range of motion in the SI joints is designed to be somewhat limited. You’re not supposed to move a lot when you’re walking, running or standing. The ligaments surrounding the SI joint are meant to stretch no more than is necessary for the joint to slide, tilt or rotate when you’re engaging in weight-bearing exercise. If the ligaments don’t provide enough support, the SI joint and the pelvis can de-stabilize. Various conditions can cause this kind of de-stabilization, including one leg being longer than the other, arthritis, a tilted sacrum, and even pregnancy.

People who have SI joint dysfunction may feel pain at the base of the spine, and may find it hard to stay in one position for very long. An SI joint belt restricts the movement in the SI joint, and reduces pain. Essentially, it does the job that the affected ligaments are failing to do.

An SI joint belt comes with Velcro closures or an adjustable buckle, so it can be easily sized. Most patients report that it is comfortable and lightweight. Usually you’ll wear the belt both night and day for about ten days, and then wear it only when you’re performing weight-bearing exercise for a period of up to eight weeks. You can exercise normally, but not vigorously while you wearing the SI joint belt.

The purpose of the SI joint belt is that it supports your ligaments and gives them time to heal. Keep in mind, though, that not every type of sacroiliac joint disorder will respond to this treatment. If the problem is due to arthritis, you’re more likely to need medication or even injections. And if you have one leg shorter than the other, a heel lift in one of your shoes is may be a more appropriate treatment. For many types of sacroiliac joint problems however, an SI joint belt can be highly effective.

At a Glance: SI Joint Belt as an SI Joint Pain Treatment

  • SI joint belts can help to relieve pain and deliver stability
  • The SI joint is important and makes it possible for you to walk and stand
  • SI joints are designed to have limited mobility
  • SI joint dysfunction can cause pain in the lower back that can radiate down to the buttocks, thigh and leg
  • SI Joint belts can help alleviate the pain caused by problems with the SI joint.

Health Tips For SI Joint

  • The number one cause of weakening in the SI joints is lack of exercise – so try to get as much as you can
  • Make sure to exercise even during pregnancy (unless your doctor advises otherwise) to maintain SI joint health
  • Stop exercising if pain becomes severe – exercising through pain can further injure the SI joint

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