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Medication as an SI Joint Pain Treatment

SI Joint pain can be difficult and even debilitating for many people, but it can often be effectively treated using over-the-counter medications. In some patients, stronger prescriptions may be needed and can include muscle relaxants, anti-depressants or opiods. The treatment recommended by your spine health expert depends on the severity of the SI Joint pain and on what is causing it.

Si Joint Pain Treatments – Medication

Much of the time, even chronic sacroiliac joint pain can be relieved with over-the-counter analgesics. Sometimes, though, more potent medication is required. When that’s the case, a doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants, anti-depressants or opiods. Opiods are generally not prescribed for long term use because of the potential for addiction. In the rare cases that medication and other conservative therapies fail to provide SI joint pain relief, surgery may be warranted.

Is Medication the Right SI Joint Pain Treatment for You?

Most of the time, acute and even SI joint chronic pain can be relieved using oral medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often the first course of action when combatting pain symptoms of most conditions, including sacroiliac joint dysfunction. When the pain is more severe and/or also accompanied by muscle spasms, muscle relaxants may be recommended. For extreme SI joint pain that does not resolve with less potent medication, opiods may be indicated, but should be used only for the most difficult pain management issues, and only in the short term, because they can be highly addictive.

Chronic sacroiliac joint (SIJ) dysfunction can be hard to treat, and it’s important that your spine health expert arrive at the right diagnosis of your pain in order to properly and effectively treat it. Analgesics like Tylenol can often deliver adequate pain control. When this isn’t sufficient to control the pain, muscle relaxants may be employed. They’re used for acute pain, and usually shouldn’t be used over long periods of time. They work by relaxing the muscles around the skeletal structure, and have can sometimes have a sedative effect.

In some instances anti-depressant medications may be prescribed, again due to the sedative effect. A calm patient is a relaxed patient, and a relaxed patient typically has relaxed muscles. That, in essence, is how anti-depressants work to relieve pain due to sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

When pain is severe and does not respond to NSAIDs, analgesics or anti-depressants, opiods may be used. Most physicians will not prescribe opiods for long term use because they can be highly addictive, and often the person using them can end up needing more and more of the drug to achieve pain relief because a tolerance can be built up to the medication over time. When this happens, there is a significant risk of overdosing.

When surgery isn’t immediately warranted, though, and physical therapy isn’t progressing due to SI joint pain, medication treatment can be an effective way of relieving the discomfort that can occur in conjunction with sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

At a Glance: Medication as an SI Joint Pain Treatment

  • Your sacroiliac joint moves the weight of your upper body to your lower body
  • Excessive strain can cause injury to the SI joint which may present as low back pain
  • SI Joint dysfunction can also cause pain in the legs and buttocks
  • SI joint dysfunction is among the leading causes of lower back pain.
  • SI joint dysfunction is more common in women than in men.

Health Tips For SI Joint Pain

  • Usually even severe SI Joint pain can be relieved using over-the-counter medications
  • When OTC remedies don’t work, muscle relaxants or anti-depressants may be prescribed by a spine health expert
  • Opioids as a medication treatment for SI Joint pain are usually a last resort for pain relief due to potential for tolerance build-up and overdose risks
  • When SI joint pain does not respond to any medication or other conservative treatments, surgery may be indicated

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